Here's Why You Should Add Antioxidant Supplements to Your Routine

11 Best Antioxidant Supplements to Add to Your Routine

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If you're on a quest to nourish your body from the inside out (and why not, right?), a healthy diet and a multivitamin are great starting points. But there's something else you might want to consider: an antioxidant supplement.

First, let's back up and talk a little bit about antioxidants—what they are and why they're beneficial. "Antioxidants are molecules found in your body and in foods including fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and animal products," says Laura Erlich, holistic fertility and obstetric specialist. "Their job is to help your body maintain appropriate levels of free radicals, which are compounds that can damage the cells."

Antioxidant supplements are basically synthetic or whole-food versions of the nutrients found abundantly in these antioxidant-rich foods or produced by your body, she explains. They include vitamins C and E, as well as flavonoids from foods, glutathione, alpha-lipoic acid, and melatonin.

11 Best Antioxidant Supplements to Add to Your Routine

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Think of these supplements as insurance, says Kimberly Snyder, CN, founder of Solluna. Though people should try to get antioxidants mainly from food, these high-potency sources can help fill any gaps.

Adding supplements to a healthy diet can help boost levels, which is especially useful if you have pre-identified deficiencies or are faced with illness, injury, infertility, or systemic inflammation, says Erlich. "As an example, vegetarians might need iron or vitamin B12, or in other instances, people with osteoporosis might need extra calcium and vitamin D," explains Snyder. Even the general population can benefit because "unfortunately, we live in a world where we're constantly exposed to free radicals like smog, airborne pollutants, toxins in our water supply, EMFs from phones, and the list goes on," she adds.

11 Best Antioxidant Supplements to Add to Your Routine

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While virtually everyone can benefit from a healthy diet, we don't all need to take supplements for the heck of it, says Erlich. So before you grab an antioxidant supplement, be sure to do your due diligence. "While vitamins C and E are both necessary for our survival, too much C can lead to diarrhea, so be careful if you have a sensitive stomach," she explains.

What's more, some formulas may interact with certain medications, says Snyder. It's always a good idea to bring any supplements you're planning to take to your healthcare provider—they'll be able to help you navigate these sorts of issues. And, of course, if you notice any strange symptoms, stop taking the supplement right away and talk to your healthcare provider, adds Snyder.

11 Best Antioxidant Supplements to Add to Your Routine

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When searching for the right antioxidant supplement for you, first and foremost, choose supplements that are pharmaceutical-grade, says Erlich. And look for whole food versions as much as possible. The formulas highlighted here are a good place to start:

These tablets are made from organic chlorella and spirulina powder to help support bodily functions like digestion plus boost the immune system and provide excess energy.

Curcumin is poorly absorbed by the body, but black pepper, or bioperine, can act as an absorption enhancer to ensure you're getting the most from your supplement. This particular supplement contains both in one capsule.

This supplement, derived from an Amazonian shrub, has insane amounts of vitamin C—a primary antioxidant. We love this powder since you can easily stir it into a smoothie, oatmeal, or even sprinkle it into tea.

Glutathione not only has powerful anti-aging properties but also protects both the body's organs and cells, keeping them healthy, says Daniel Boyer, MD, a medical researcher at the Farr Institute. This vegan, non-GMO supplement form contains glutathione in its reduced, active form for optimal absorption.

Fermented resveratrol, 24 powdered organically grown fruits and vegetables, live probiotics, and digestive enzymes combine to fight oxidative stress, promote circulation, improve digestion, and combat signs of aging.

Lycopene—an antioxidant found in vine-ripe tomatoes—provides excellent support for heart and vascular health.

This flavonoid, which is naturally found in many foods, such as red wine, onions, green tea, apples, and berries, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to support healthy aging, cardiovascular health, and immune response.

For an all-in-one antioxidant boost, try this supplement, which includes açaí berry, goji berry, pomegranate, and trans-resveratrol for a significant boost of vitamins A and C.

From one of the most popular subscription-based supplement companies comes an antioxidant supplement chock-full of good-for-you ingredients, including 11 superfruits like acerola cherry, açaí, goji berries, and more. It's an excellent source of vitamin C and helps stimulate collagen production and healthy immune function.

Nourish your skin from the inside out with this antioxidant supplement. It contains glutathione, vitamins C and E, and astaxanthin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sunspots, plus improve skin firmness and elasticity.

Love the idea of taking your daily dose of antioxidants in smoothie form? You'll love this subtly sweet greens powder, which contains both spirulina and chlorella, as well as plant protein to support lean muscle and detoxification, plus improve satiation.

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