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Antioxidants on a Budget

What potent antioxidants could someone purchase on a limited budget? They don't need to be supplements, but very powerful antioxidant sources that are wide spectrum and bio-available.

Before I answer the question about purchasing antioxidants on a budget, here are some quick rules for health:


*Don't forget to eat from a wide variety of colorful vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and grains.

*Exercise aerobically. Walk! Run! Use those elliptical machines or however you get your heart pumping and lungs working.

*Keep your blood pressure at healthy levels. See our tips on blood pressure.

*Keep down body-wide inflammation through diet, exercise, proper sleep, and work with a vagus nerve stimulator like the Longevity Maneuver or our Dive Reflex.

*Getting the right amount of sleep, around 7 to 8 hours per day. Naps and relaxation cut down on stress.

*Get a physical checkup on a regular basis.

*Avoid food sources with excito-toxins such as MSG, isolated proteins, and cultured soy foods.

*Avoid heavy metals in seafood and water sources.

Here are some abundant cheapo sources of wide-spectrum and bio-available antioxidants that can be purchased in most major supermarkets and sometimes even dollar stores.

*100% Concord grape juice is a major source of antioxidant polyphenols and anthocyanins.  Apparently the dark dyes in Concord grape juice help resprout neurons involved with memory, cognition, and balance. 100 % Concord grape juice can be found in bargain brands like Sam's Choice, Walgreen's, Old Orchard and many 100% store brands bottled by Cliffstar Farms.   Cans of frozen Concord grape juice can be found at Walmart and Aldi’s

*Quick oats yield antioxidants ferulic acid and beta glucan. You can find quick oats in supermarket brands and at dollar stores.


*Bags of frozen blueberries can be had at bargain prices at

Aldi's,  Walmart, and larger supermarkets.   

*Broccoli, spinach, collard greens. Frozen or fresh.

*Little red Mexican beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, and black beans are arsenals of valuable phytochemicals.

*Turmeric. This spice can be purchased cheaply in bulk at Indian grocery stores (Called Haldi in Indian stores) or online. Turmeric is both a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

*Ground ginger is potent.

*Cinnamon from Sri Lanka/Ceylon.  A potent and tasty spice is a really valuable source of antioxidants. You can find sizeable containers of this in some dollar stores. Make sure your cinnamon is from Ceylon/Sri Lanka.  It is light brown, sweet tasting, and soft to the touch.

*Dried fruit with high ORAC values like:

-Dried cranberries or craisins. Through the roof with polyphenols and anthocyanins.  A key component of any budget-minded approach to getting lots of antioxidants.

-Zante currants. These raisins come from Black Corinth grapes and are tasty bursts high in antioxidant power. Sun Maid makes them for reasonable prices.

-Red Flame Raisins. Very high ORAC raisins loaded with polyphenols and anthocyanins.

-Dried blueberries. Harder to find and not all that cheap since blueberries suddenly became popular.

-Dried apples and apricots. Excellent sources of antioxidants.

-Thompson seedless raisins, while not as potent as Zante currants or Red Flame raisins, they still pack a budget-minded antioxidant punch. They can be found anywhere.

-Dried plums (Prunes). High ORAC scores.

*Unsweetened natural Hershey's cocoa. A powerful source of wide spectrum antioxidants.

*A Multivitamin/mineral tablet. These contain 100% of our RDA for many of the major antioxidants and can be cheaply purchased as store brand generics of Centrum in supermarkets and drugstore chains.

*Navel oranges. Plenty of potent antioxidants. The white inner peel can be grated for antioxidants.

*Pumpkins and sweet potatoes.

*Potent budget brands of L-Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C & E, CoQ10,
Aceytl L-Carnitine, grapeseed extract. Look for prices from online stores like VitaCost, Swanson, Puritan, Walmart or Target for their brands.

*Baby Aspirin in low doses (81 mgs) has antioxidant punch and reduces body-wide inflammation. Cheaply purchased in dollar stores.

*Red Delicious apples (The darker the better). Contains valuable antioxidants galore. Can't get Red Delicious? Fuji and Gala apples are other considerations. Dark apple cider is also a winner.

*Pecans and walnuts. Powerful sources of antioxidants.

*Green tea. Cheap source of valuable antioxidants.

*Coffee contains antioxidants. Go for lighter roasts and don't overdo it.

*100% pure Pomegranate juice can be purchased in some supermarkets at bargain rates.


*To learn more about the antioxidant strength of specific foods go to: Http://


Take care, Steve

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