You’ve probably heard about the benefits of antioxidants before, but what are they exactly, and what do they do? Antioxidants help to neutralize unstable free radicals by lending them an extra electron.
Consuming foods that are high in antioxidants is key when it comes to minimizing free radical damage caused by phase 1 detoxification. In terms of where to get them, leafy greens, grasses, and microalgae are your best bet, as they’re rich sources of many different types of antioxidants, including:
Chlorophyll: Chlorophyll, a pigment that gives plants their green colour, is known to act as an antioxidant in the body. Some of the top sources of chlorophyll are moringa with a whopping 8.2 mg/g, barley grass, which contains 5.4 mg/g, and spirulina with 4.8 mg/g. Kale and spinach are also excellent sources of chlorophyll, boasting ~ 6.5 mg/g, and 7 mg/g, respectively (3)(4).
Phycocyanin: Phycocyanin is the pigment responsible for algae’s blue-ish tint. Known for its antioxidant effects, phycocyanin has been shown to inhibit free radical activity, making it an excellent compound to support the detox process (5). Since phycocyanin is only found in blue-green algae, spirulina is one of the best sources, containing approximately 0.7-1.12 g per tbsp.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is another potent antioxidant. It's surprising to many that leafy greens like kale and spinach are great sources of vitamin C. But the queen of vitamin C is acerola (a type of cherry native to the tropical regions of the Western Hemisphere), which is made up of 20-25% vitamin C. All in all this adds up to 28% of your vitamin C D.V. per tbsp of SmarterGreens.
Polyphenols: Polyphenols are potent organic chemical compounds known for their protective and regenerative properties for body tissues (6). While polyphenols can be found in fruits, vegetables, herbs, and many other plants, matcha and green tea are especially well-known for their high content of polyphenol derivatives, primarily flavonoids such as catechins (7).
Interested in learning more about polyphenols? Head over to Polyphenol’s 101: What They Are, Why You Need Them, and Where to Get Them! (Explained by a Dietician).
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
Made with leafy greens, aquatic greens, and grasses, our SmarterGreens provides many different types of antioxidants and, therefore, can help to support phase 1 detoxification. Plus, all of our greens are dehydrated at low temperatures to preserve maximum antioxidant content.
FREE OF ADDED SUGARS
Unlike many commercial green juices, our SmarterGreens is also free of added sugars. Why is that relevant to detoxing? (1) High blood sugar levels can contribute to excessive free radical formation and oxidative stress and (2) a diet high in refined sugar promotes inflammation in the liver, compromising its ability to filter toxins in the body (8).
NOT UP FOR GREENS?
Try our SmarterBerries, made with nutrient-dense berries that are also a source of many antioxidants, such as polyphenols, and vitamins C and A.
PRO TIP: ADD A SERVING OF LANDISH MARINE COLLAGEN TO YOUR SMARTERGREENS
Similar to how antioxidants can support phase 1 detoxification, specific amino acids are needed to neutralize toxins during phase 2 detox. The amino acid glycine, abundant in our Pure Canadian Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen, is particularly important in phase 2 detox, as certain substances, like aspirin, sodium benzoate (the world’s most common food additive), and salicylates (especially important for those who have a salicylate sensitivity) rely on glycine to be detoxified from the body.
Landish Communications Manager & Registered Holistic Nutritionist