Herbs and spices
It’s all too easy to focus on the benefits of certain foods and forget about the antioxidant powerhouses that season them. Just as certain compounds in food can reduce aging that occurs from oxidative stress, herbs and spices also have compounds that can provide that same benefit.
Cloves, commonly used in curries and pumpkin pie seasonings, contain polyphenolic compounds that have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. In fact, one study found cloves had the highest total antioxidant capacity compared with 25 other herbs and spices. Try cloves in combination with cinnamon and dried ginger and add to oatmeal, whole grain muffins or breads and baked apples.
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