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Know All About Antioxidant Rich Foods for Pregnancy

by | February 5, 2019

Want to know more about antioxidant rich foods for pregnancy? Confused about which fruits to eat when you’re expecting? Give this article a thorough read.

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Why do you need to focus on antioxidant rich foods for pregnancy?

Because of our lifestyles and some of the food that we eat, free radicals are always forming in our bodies, causing chronic disease and speeding up the aging process. Antioxidants in our bodies are used to kill free radicals, so we need to keep replacing them over and over. How do we do that? With foods that are rich in antioxidants! It’s important to keep replacing antioxidants during pregnancy, as they protect the unborn child too.

Important antioxidants are:

  • vitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin E
  • selenium
  • flavonoids
  • polyphenols

Antioxidant Rich Foods For Pregnancy

Many antioxidants can be found in fruits and vegetables, so it is important to eat them every day during pregnancy.

Fruits rich in antioxidants:

  • lemon
  • mandarin
  • orange
  • apricot
  • peach
  • apple
  • raspberry
  • current
  • watermelon
  • grapes
  • kiwi

Vegetables rich in antioxidants:

  • broccoli
  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • cabbage
  • peppers
  • carrots
  • tomatoes
  • beets

Eating these foods every day can provide a sufficient amount of antioxidants for a pregnant woman. Antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and protect against diseases such as cancer. They also inhibit the development of harmful bacteria and viruses. Flavonoids protect against cardiovascular diseases. Antioxidants are found in many foods and dietary supplements. Vitamin C is water-soluble and is metabolized faster than vitamin A and E, which are fat-soluble.

Foods that are rich in antioxidants

Vitamin A

Carrots, tomatoes, yellow fruits and vegetables, and green vegetables.

Vitamin C

Blueberries, currants, citrus, melons, kiwi, strawberries, pineapple, parsley, kale, cauliflower, tomato, spinach, peppers.

Vitamin E

Cold-pressed vegetable oils, nuts, bran, cereals, legumes, spinach

Selenium

All cereals

Flavonoids

Citrus, plums, apples, nuts and beans, tea and dark chocolate

Polyphenols

Cloves, star anise, cocoa powder, flax seed, chestnut

Breast milk is naturally full of the antioxidants that the baby needs to thrive and stay healthy. You can boost the antioxidant capacity of your breast milk by increasing your daily intake of foods containing these nutrients.

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