Researchers from the U of Cal in LA ranked 10 beverages according to antioxidant levels
Currently, claims of superior antioxidant activity on beverages can be misleading, as the testing is usually based on a limited spectrum of antioxidant activities.
To get to the bottom of which beverages are best, they used four tests of antioxidant potency, a test of antioxidant functionality, and an evaluation of the total polyphenol content of polyphenol-rich beverages in the marketplace. Here is how the rankings turned out:
1. Pomegranate juice
2. Red wine
3. Concord grape juice
4. Blueberry juice
5. Black cherry juice
6. Açaí juice
7. Cranberry juice
8. Orange juice
10. Apple juice
A closer look at antioxidant-rich juices
Pomegranate juice. According to the U of Cal, pomegranate is the healthiest of them all because it contains the most of every type of antioxidant. It may protect against some cancers, such as prostate cancer. It might also modify heart disease risk factors.
Red wine. Red wine is an excellent antioxidant beverage when you drink it in moderation. The primary benefit comes from what’s called resveratrol.
Concord grape juice. Concord grape juice is a source of very potent antioxidants, and comes from the same grapes as red wine. There’s some research indicating it may be good for your heart and help reduce blood pressure.
Blueberry Juice. This juice contains lots of antioxidants and fiber, and is very high in vitamin C. There’s some indication that blueberries may have a beneficial effect on age-related cognitive abilities.
Acai juice. According to other sources this is another great antioxidant drink. It comes from the berries of the Acai palm trees grown in South America. Be forewarned, it the fresh juice that’s good for you and fresh juice just isn’t available in this country.
Cranberry juice. It’s also high in antioxidants and vitamin C. There is evidence that it can decrease the incidence of urinary tract infections.
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