According to this study, by far the most comprehensive of its kind in history, there are only three whole foods on the planet that have more antioxidant power than cloves. One of them is amla—dried Indian gooseberries. Now, not only is it more powerful, but also more palatable. You could add a whole teaspoon of amla to a smoothie, and probably wouldn’t even taste it. Try doing that with a teaspoon of powdered cloves. One sip; you’d be on the floor!
Let’s look at the antioxidant content of some typical American breakfast foods: bacon  and eggs [+8], for example. A bowl of corn flakes  with milk [+9]. Egg McMuffin . Pancakes  with maple syrup [+9]. Bagel  with cream cheese [+2].
Dr. Greger’s Breakfast Smoothie
- A cup of unsweetened soy milk (or hemp milk, or almond milk) – Antioxidant 16
- A half a cup of frozen blueberries – Antioxidant 535
- Whoa! Alright? Already, I’ve got to shrink the scale way down.
- The pulp of a nice ripe Mexican mango. Note the mango alone has more antioxidants than the other breakfasts. Antioxidant 125
- A tablespoon of ground flax seeds
- And my previous secret ingredient, a palmful of bulk white tea leaves – Antioxidant 101
- A teaspoon of that gooseberry powder – Antioxidant 782
- Just throw them in there and blend them in.
Now, that used to be my breakfast smoothie, but now, a teaspoon of that gooseberry powder [+782], and we’re off the charts again. Look at it. That’s about four cents’ worth of amla—four pennies—and look what it does to my smoothie. 1,500 units of antioxidant power, and I haven’t even fully woken up yet! Way more than the five other meals combined. In fact, more than the average person gets in an entire week.
I could drink my smoothie and eat nothing but donuts the rest of the week, and most people still wouldn’t catch up. Notice, though, that even though I packed the blender with amazing stuff— blueberries, tea leaves—fully half of the antioxidant power came from that single teaspoon, that four cents’ worth of powdered gooseberries.
Photo Source: The Daily Burn
Also, check out my associated blog posts for more context: Açai to Zucchini: antioxidant food rankings; Is Caffeinated Tea Really Dehydrating?; Top 10 Most Popular Videos of the Year; Hibiscus Tea: The Best Beverage?; Flax Seeds for Prostate Cancer; Treating Breast Pain with Flax Seeds; Which Common Fruit Fights Cancer Better?; and Mushrooms and Immunity.
Michael Greger, M.D.
Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United