10 Places to Find Cheap Antioxidants

What's Hot

2 Types of Black Marks Might Vanish From Your Credit File SoonBorrow

6 Ways the Obamacare Overhaul Might Impact Your WalletInsurance

7 Dumb and Costly Moves Homebuyers MakeBorrow

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

Obamacare Replacement Plan Gets ‘F’ Rating from Consumer ReportsFamily

Beware These 12 Common Money MistakesCredit & Debt

21 Restaurants Offering Free Food Right NowSaving Money

17 Ways to Have More Fun for Less MoneySave

House Hunters: Beware of These 6 Mortgage MistakesBorrow

30 Household Uses for Baby OilSave

25 Ways to Spend Less on FoodMore

Nearly Half of Heart-Related Deaths Linked to These 10 Foods and IngredientsFamily

5 Surprising Benefits of Exercising Outdoors in WinterFamily

10 Ways to Save When You’re Making Minimum WageSave

Boost Your Credit Score Fast With These 7 MovesCredit & Debt

7 Painless Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Years EarlierBorrow

The Most Sinful City in the U.S. Is … (Hint: It’s Not Vegas)Family

The True Cost of Bad CreditCredit & Debt

10 Companies With the Best 401(k) PlansGrow

This Scam Now Tops ID Theft as the No. 2 Consumer ComplaintFamily

6 Stores With Awesome Reward ProgramsFamily

6 Ways to Save More at Lowe’s and The Home DepotSave

6 Healthful Treats for Your DogFamily

New Study Ranks the Best States in the U.S.Family

Thousands of Millionaires Moving to 1 Country — and Leaving AnotherGrow

Strapped for College Costs? How to Get the Most From FAFSABorrow

6 Overlooked Ways to Save at Chick-fil-AFamily

Ask Stacy: What’s the Fastest Way to Pay Off My Mortgage?Borrow

Where to Sell Your Stuff for Top DollarAround The House

8 Ways to Get a Good Price on a Shiny New AutoCars

Ask Stacy: How Do I Start Over?Credit & Debt

Secret Cell Plans: Savings Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint Don’t Want You to Know AboutFamily

30 Awesome Things to Do in RetirementCollege

14 Super Smart Ways to Save on TravelSave

The Rich Prefer Modest Cars — Should You Join Them?Cars

You’ll Soon Pay More to Shop at CostcoSave

10 Ways to Save When Your Teen Starts DrivingFamily

Antioxidants are a case of marketing gone wild, but you and your wallet can stay healthy without paying for "fortified" foods or expensive supplements.

Most Americans want to add more antioxidants to their regular diet, but according to a new survey, they don’t know where to get them or what they’re good for.

Released on Nov. 1, the latest research from juice company Bossa Nova found that:

  • 32 percent of consumers think blueberries have more antioxidants than acai berries
  • 25 percent think acai juice helps with weight loss (It doesn’t)
  • 15 percent simply don’t know which fruits are high in antioxidants

Acai berries have been the poster child of antioxidants for a few years, and most of these misconceptions can be attributed to bad-faith marketing from diet and beauty companies looking to prey on consumer ignorance. This article from The New York Times shows the lies about acai, which has been pitched as a miracle fruit that can do everything from removing wrinkles to shedding pounds. Others even claim it can cure cancer – that’s probably not true either, although antioxidants may help in preventing or slowing cancer.

Supplements, drinks, and special remedies touting antioxidants like acai abound – and they aren’t cheap. But few people are bothering to explain what antioxidants are, what they’re good for, or that – surprise! – you can get them from foods you already eat, and not just fruits.

The truth is, “antioxidant” is a catch-all buzz word popularized by marketers. They’re really a group of vitamins and minerals we’ve always considered part of a common-sense diet, including:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Selenium

But while these all have an antioxidant function, they all do different things, too. So it’s important to have a diverse diet. You could eat all the acai berries in the world and still get scurvy from a Vitamin C deficiency. So eat some oranges, too.

What antioxidants actually do is pretty simple: They limit oxidation. You already know what that is, even if you don’t realize it. Oxidation is what causes rust, and it can have a similarly damaging effect on the body over time. The thing is, oxidation is a natural process, and happens to us all the time – for example, whenever we breathe or when we exercise. Our bodies can naturally handle a certain amount of oxidation, so the goal of antioxidants isn’t to stop the process, but to keep it from getting out of hand.

Lots of things cause excessive oxidation: smoking and excessive tanning are a couple of examples. So you’ll be healthier if you cut them out – but, of course, you already knew that. A lot about antioxidants is just re-branded common sense sold to you at premium prices. Processed foods that claim to be “fortified with antioxidants”  often have too little antioxidant value to bother with, while straight antioxidant supplements are usually overkill. Both are usually an unnecessary expense, and you can get all the antioxidants you need from these 10 whole foods:

  1. Beans (especially red)
  2. Berries (especially blue)
  3. Tomatoes
  4. Broccoli
  5. Spinach
  6. Whole grains (bread, cereal)
  7. Garlic
  8. Dark chocolate
  9. Spices (especially oregano)
  10. Nuts (especially walnuts)

There are a few drinks rich in antioxidants, too — red wine, fruit juices, and tea. And for more antioxidants that might better fit your diet, check out lists on these sites:

Aside from the obvious and immediate benefit of not wasting money on supplements, you’ll save money in the long-term from a healthier diet that keeps down medical costs.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!


Read Next: 50 Ways to Make a Fast $50

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 2,010 more deals!