Why Antioxidants are essential this Diwali
Antioxidants found in many foods we eat are the key to protection & quick recovery from bad air.
Our day-to-day foods have the ability to protect us from pollution. Antioxidants in our foods make us immune to this increasing pollution. So make sure you & your children are consuming antioxidant-rich fruits & vegetables regularly.
- Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidant. Eat oranges, mausambi, amla this winter to enhance the antioxidant activity. For children with a sweet tooth, dry amla toffees, home-made fruit smoothies/milkshakes with controlled sugars serve the purpose.
- For quick healing & recovery, Vitamin E in combination with Vitamin C shows better results. Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds are the best sources. Regular usage of spices like Mirchi powder, tulsi, paprika also builds the Vitamin E-stores.
- Beta carotene (Vitamin A) is found in dark-colored food items like spinach, methi leaves, Cholayi leaves and beetroot. Include an appealing rainbow of colors in your child’s diet in the form of paratha or veggie pasta.
- Omega 3 fatty acids or brain food are extremely powerful antioxidant found in walnuts, aleev (garden cress). chia seeds, flax seeds, methi seeds, green leafy vegetables, broccoli. Quick hacks include adding chia/flax seeds in the puddings for children. Flaxseeds powder can be used in place of eggs for vegetarians while baking cakes at home.
So, don't forget to take your daily dose of antioxidants this Diwali! Stay Safe, Stay Healthy.