(HealthDay News) -- Antioxidants are compounds that protect against cell damage caused by molecules called free radicals. Studies have linked free radicals to cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The Cleveland Clinic offers this list of common antioxidants, and the foods in which they're found:
- Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits and juices; berries and other fruits; dark green vegetables; red and yellow peppers.
- Vitamin E, found in vegetable oils, whole grains, and leafy green vegetables.
- Selenium, found in whole grains, most vegetables, chicken, eggs, and most dairy products.
- Beta carotene, found in colorful fruits and vegetables like broccoli, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, red and yellow peppers, apricots, cantaloupes and mangoes.