It is known that antioxidants shield cells from damage by free radicals via some complicated chemical action. We are led to believe that antioxidants' cell level action by extension protect us against cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease. It is a buzz word on food packages (being currently over taken by "gluten free")
Or maybe that is a lot of hype.
I am distressed to have food label buzzwords brought into doubt. Oh, well, antioxidants are slowly but surely being replaced by gluten free.
Anyway, the antioxidant foods are generally high in fiber and low in bad fat and cholesterol. That can't be a bad thing. And if you eat them, you are getting some good vitamins.
And I don't care so much about scientific studies. When I drink this smoothie, I can actually feel the antioxidants forming an army to protect me at that cellular level.
I know that I gag at the very sight of those green drinks, but I have no problem whatsoever with this purple one:
I make it in my blender with yogurt, a handful of frozen blueberries, a teaspoon of chia seeds and another of flax seeds, and about a half cup of acai juice. I always think I should have thrown in a bit of honey, but I always forget, and maybe a little sweetness would make me feel less virtuously healthy.