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Antioxidants, however, interfere with this process by giving free radicals one of their own electrons to stabilize them. Or they combine with free radicals to form different, more stable compounds. There are also antioxidant enzymes that help free radicals to react with other chemicals to produce safe, instead of toxic, substances. Antioxidants, for instance, help to prevent ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol from becoming stickier and forming artery-clogging plaque. This is why the health establishment is so insistent on people eating more fresh produce: it provides round-the-clock defenses against free-radical damage to your arteries.
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Of the hundreds of fruits out there, which ones are the best for you? The answer: the ones with the highest ORAC scores. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity, a fancy way of saying, ‘Which fruits and vegetables pack the greatest antioxidant punch?’ The rating system was developed by US scientists.
Top 10 Antioxidant-Rich Fruits
9. Red Grapes
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