Calorie Antioxidant Ratio: The Key to a Long and Healthy Life


At Purium, we are firm believers in the idea that the quality of food you eat is equal to the quality of life you live. If you fill your body with processed foods, the quality of life you experience will diminish. If you fill your body with organic, nutrient rich foods, the chances of you living a long, fruitful life grow exponentially. The best way to start adopting this philosophy is to ensure you are driving your CAR in the right direction.

And what do we mean by CAR?  

Understanding Your CAR

By CAR, we don’t mean the automobile you use to get from point A to point B. CAR is an acronym coined by Purium Co-Founder Dave Sandoval that stands for Calorie Antioxidant Ratio. 

Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells against free radicals, which can play a role in heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and other related diseases.

You can “drive” your CAR in two directions:The first is a CAR that is headed for a life littered with health complications such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, etc. Diets with a CAR that heads in this direction consist of foods that are high in calories and low in antioxidants. Foods like this are donuts, cheeseburgers, pizza, and soda.

OR you can have your CAR headed in the right direction by adopting a diet that is lower in calories, but high in antioxidants. 

Best Foods for Antioxidants

Mixed Berries

When in doubt, if your diet consists of a high volume of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, you are on the right track for adding more antioxidants into your body. If you want to take this approach to the next level, here are 10 foods that shine even brighter when it comes to flooding your body with antioxidants: 


You’re probably well aware of beans being a great source of fiber. What you may not know is they are loaded with antioxidants that have been linked to reducing chronic inflammation and suppressing cancer growth. 


Beets are rich in a group of antioxidants called belatins. Belatins are what give beets their reddish color and these antioxidants may lower the risk of cancers in the colon and digestive tract.


Several studies conclude  that blueberries possibly contain the highest amount of antioxidants among other commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. Blueberries are also proven to potentially delay the decline in brain function as you age. 

Goji Berries

Goji berries are a rich source of antioxidants and studies have shown that these berries may encourage a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, and skin aging.


Kale has been heralded as one of the most nutritious foods you can eat, and a major  reason why is because of how rich it is in antioxidants. Kale is also an excellent plant-based source of calcium which helps maintain bone health. 

Orange Vegetables

Vegetables such as butternut squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes all contain high levels of antioxidants, and their nutrients may help with cancer prevention and heart disease. 

Red Cabbage

As great as regular cabbage is, red cabbage provides four times the amount of antioxidants compared to their green counterparts. They have a reddish/purple color due to having a group of antioxidants called anthocyanins. These antioxidants may support the body’s response to  inflammation, reduce the risk of certain cancers, and protect against heart disease.


Not only do raspberries taste amazing, but they are also loaded with antioxidants. Like blueberries, they are rich in anthocyanins and have anti-inflammatory effects on the body as well as reducing the risk of heart disease.


As far as nutritional density, you’d be hard pressed to find something better than spinach. Not only are they extremely low in calories, they are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The antioxidants in spinach may help protect your eyes from damaging UV light.


Like the other red foods in this list, strawberries contain anthocyanins and studies have shown that they may help lower the risk of heart disease by raising HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) and reducing LDL cholesterol. 

Many of these fruits and vegetables are featured in our Juice Bar in a Bag

Where Purium Fits In

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Our superfood formulas are optimized to support CARs headed towards long and healthy lives. We’ve partnered with organic farmers from all over the world to create a trusted, expert superfood community. Every bright color, vibrant flavor, and raw nutrient comes straight from Mother Nature. 

Our best-selling Ultimate Lifestyle Transformation is built around flooding your body with our superfoods and  helping you incorporate foods high in antioxidants into your daily diet. If you need to make a U-Turn and get your health on the right track, shop our diverse superfood collection today! 


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