Antioxidants Crucial For Health

by Malc on October 20, 2008

berries Antioxidants have been recognized as vital for good health since the early 1980s. However, one class of antioxidant is particularly beneficial: the poyphenols.

Polyphenols are particularly beneficial for reducing the risk of heart disease as well as for reducing aging tendencies in general.

Professor Williamson, Professor of Function Foods at Leeds University, has published a list of 20 common foods which are particularly high in polyphenols.

The list is:

  • Berries:
    • Blackberries
    • Blueberries
    • Cranberries
    • Raspberries
    • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Red Grapes (and red wine)
  • Cherries
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Broccoli
  • Cereal bran
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Red onions
  • Spinach
  • Black tea
  • Green tea
  • Coffee
  • Dark chocolate


The benefit of dark chocolate will be partly outweighed (sorry about this…) by the sugar content.

Similarly, apples, oranges, cherries, peaches and plums can all be high in sugar so this must be born in mind when eating these foods, as sugar promotes glycation among other things.

Black tea is not so good if taken with milk (eg the omega 6 fatty acids present in high amounts in dairy foods promote inflammation, and need to be minimized in the diet).

However, all things in moderation  🙂

‘Newspaper’ article from the Mail Online

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