Eve's Health & Fitness

DOB: October 27 CURRENT RESIDENCE: North Eastern Oklahoma OCCUPATION: Certified Group Fitness Instructor HEIGHT:5'1"; WEIGHT:105 lbs.; BF%:14.3% bodyfat FAVORITE BODY PARTS TO TRAIN: Back, abs FAVORITE CHEAT MEAL: Mexican and any dark chocolate CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Featured as a fitness role model in Chad Tackett's Global-Health & Fitness website: http://www.global-fitness.com/ DESCRIBE MYSELF: Competitive, energetic, persistent, focused, consistent, and driven.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Sweet on Antioxidants

Reach for a certain sweet dried fruit for some extra antioxidants.

Dried figs are high in polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that help keep your heart and blood vessels healthy. Eating just 5 or 6 dried figs per day helps you meet your daily fiber and fruit requirements while satisfying your sweet tooth naturally.

Figs are rich in polyphenol antioxidants, which can inhibit LDL oxidation, an initial step in forming artery-clogging plaques. In a recent study, researchers gave fasting participants 40 grams of figs (about one-quarter cup) with or without a sugar-sweetened soda. Researchers discovered that consuming figs raised participants' blood levels of antioxidants for four hours after eating the fruit. Moreover, antioxidants in the figs counteracted the oxidative stress produced by the sugar-laden soft drinks. Figs contain fiber, B complex vitamins, magnesium, and other nutrients. Add chopped figs to sweet potato and squash dishes, oatmeal, and green salads for a sweet surprise. RealAge Benefit: Getting the right amount of antioxidants through diet or supplements can make your RealAge 6 years younger.

Dried fruits: excellent in vitro and in vivo antioxidants. Vinson, J. A., Zubik, L., Bose, P., Samman, N., Proch, J., Journal of the American College of Nutrition 2005 Feb;24(1):44-50.

Eve :-)


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