List of Antioxidants including best bet food choice and what the antioxidant is most often used for.
Alpha Lipoic Acid: Best Bet Food Sources– Meat. Most often used for: Diabetes and glaucoma.
Beta-carotene: Best Bet Food Sources– Dark Green and orange-yellow vegetables such as carrots and tomatoes. Most often used for: Night blindness, macular degeneration, immune system booster, photosensitivity, alcohol withdrawal support, gastritis, and HIV support.
Note: The antioxidant, Beta-carotene’s natural form is comprised of two molecules. The synthetic form only has one molecule. Therefore, natural food sources are best. Some beta-carotenes include cryptoxanthin, alpha-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, and lycopene.
Bilberry: Best Bet Food Sources– The bilberry fruits and leaves taken fresh, dried, and as tinctures, decoctions or infusions. Most often used for: Eye health, maintaining flexibility of red blood cell walls thereby extending the life of the cell, keeps blood vessel walls strong and flexible, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diarrheal and also to decrease blood sugar.
Co-Q 10 (Ubiquinone): Best Bet Food Sources– Fish (esp. mackerel, salmon and sardines) beef, peanuts and spinach. Most often used for: Cardiac insufficiency (it strengthens the heart muscle itself), high blood pressure, tissue oxygenation, increases energy production within the cell, counteracts histamines so is good for allergies, asthma and in respiratory disease, also used as an anti-aging nutrient.
Practitioners have also used the antioxidant Co-Q 10 for schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, obesity, candidiasis, multiple sclerosis, stomach ulcers, angina, infertility, periodontal disease, reducing the side effects of chemotherapy and in diabetes.
Note: The supplement is very expensive and should be taken with a bit of oily food. It’s easier and better to include fish in your diet on a regular basis as the supplements can be variable in purity and effectiveness.
Cucurmin: Best Bet Food Sources– Turmeric Most often used for: Dense connective tissue cancers, helps liver to secrete bile, eases stomach pain and nausea, good for car sickness, liver disease, menstrual cramps, athlete’s foot and as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis, asthma and eczema.
Note: This herb thins the blood, so do not take it if you are on Coumadin. (see article on Coumadin)
Cysteine: Best Bet Food Sources– Eggs, meat, dairy and some cereals. Most often used for: Radiation damage, liver damage due to drugs, alcohol or smoking, hardening of the arteries, promotes healing after surgery or with burns, helps iron to be absorbed into the system and helps in lung diseases such as bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema.
Note: Diabetics beware of taking this as a supplement, as it may inactivate insulin, making insulin unavailable.
Ginkgo Biloba: Best Bet Food Sources: The Ginkgo leaves and seeds in capsule, tincture or infusion form. Most often used for: Increasing memory and circulation to the head, asthma, wheezing, urinary incontinence, vaginal discharges, thinning mucous and for excessive urination.
Note: This herb thins the blood, so do not take it if you are on Coumadin.
Glutathione: Best Bet Food Sources– There are none. This is a protein produced by the liver and can be purchased in supplement form. Look for L-Glutathione. Most often used for: Defending the body against cigarette smoke, alcohol, chemotherapy and radiation damage, helps detoxify heavy metals, is used in anti-aging, and is good for blood and liver disorders.
Green Tea: Best Bet Food Sources–The green tea leaves themselves. Most often used for: Fluoride supplement, stomach and skin cancers, insect bites, immune system booster, hepatitis, high triglycerides, and Crohn’s disease.
Melatonin: Best Bet Food Sources– There are none. Melatonin is a substance produced by the pineal gland. It can be obtained through glandular form or pill form. The best dose seems to be 1-2 mcg. Larger doses do not work well. About 50% of my clients who test they need it say it wakes them up so they take it in the morning, and the other half use it as a sleep aid. Those people over the age of 40 produce less melatonin so sleep less. To nourish the pineal gland I use magnets. My favorite product is the Nikken Sleep Mask, but I also use Source Natural’s sublingual melatonin. Most often used for: Insomnia, jet lag, glaucoma, tinnitus, and as an immune regulator for reproductive forms of cancer (prostate, uterine and breast).
Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (Pychnogenol): Fifty times more potent than Vitamin E and twenty times more potent than Vitamin C. Best Bet Food Sources– Pine bark and Grape Seeds. Most often used for: Reducing histamine production for allergies and inflammation, and for heart disease.
Olive Leaf: Best Bet Food Sources– Olive leaf capsules, tinctures and infusions. Most often used for: Lowering blood pressure by helping circulation, mild diuretic, bladder infections, diabetes (lowers blood sugar) and mild external abrasions.
Pychnogenol, Pine Bark type: Most often used for: Prevention of free-radical damage due to electromagnetic fields (like microwaves), in the overproduction of too many red blood cells leading to hyperchromatosis and as an anti-inflammatory for allergic reactions.
Pychnogenol, Grape Seed type: Best Bet Food Source– Grape seeds. Most often used for: See above, but not as effective as the pine bark derivation.
Selenium (Se): Best Bet Food Sources– Parsley, blackstrap molasses, mushrooms, nuts, salmon and other seafood, sesame seeds, vegetables, wheat germ, chicken, nettles, yarrow, raspberry leaf, garlic and whole grains. Most often used for: Immune system stimulation, asthma, thyroid disease, heart disease, high cholesterol, macular degeneration (Standard Process brand Chezyn is an awesome product for this containing chelated zinc, copper and selenium in a natural food-based formula), abnormal pap smears, cancer and liver diseases.
Superoxide Dismutase (SOD): Best Bet Food Sources– Barfy Green Stuff, barley grass, broccoli, wheat grass, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and most green vegetables. Most often used for: anti-aging–SOD is a free-radical scavenger enzyme that revitalizes cells and in reducing the rate of cellular destruction.
Vitamin A: Best Bet Food Sources– Parsley, sweet potatoes, watermelon, nettle leaf, broccoli, carrots, dark leafy greens, eggs, and mangos. Most often used for: Immune booster, eye problems of all kinds such as night blindness and dry eye, acne and many other types of skin disease, sinusitis and reproductive difficulties.
Vitamin C: Best Bet Food Sources– Broccoli, strawberries, citrus fruits, rose hips, fresh fruits and vegetables of all kinds, parsley, and nettles. Most often used for: Respiratory infections, bleeding gums and other dental problems, bruising, eye diseases of all kinds, and for people who smoke as smoking really uses up a lot of Vitamin C.
Vitamin E: Best Bet Food Sources– Wheat germ (oil or fresh), eggs, nuts, leafy green vegetables, soy products, vegetable oils, and berries (many people test strong for Tayberries which is a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry). Most often used for: Heart diseases of all kinds, reproductive problems and diseases, allergies and other immune dysfunctions, arthritis, and for pregnancy (prevents pre-mature delivery).
Zinc (Zn): — This is the most common mineral deficiency I see in my practice as well as the most common antioxidant deficiency. Best Bet Food Sources: Raw, hulled pumpkin seeds and other nuts, oatmeal, eggs, parsley, wheat germ and Standard Process brand Chezyn. Most often used for: Prostate health and benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), healthy immune function, impotence, menopause and perimenopausal health, hormone balancing, memory, skin disease, pancreas and thyroid health, macular degeneration and other eye disorders, and bowel dysfunction.
Antioxidants can be found in many sources of food, such as this table full of fruit: