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What are Antioxidants, and How can They Benefit You?

(Guest post by Darlene Mills — Thanks Darlene!)
How do Antioxidants Work?

A lot of antioxidants are being offered in the market, all of which boast of making your health and lifestyle better. But for starters, what exactly are antioxidants? These are substances and nutrients found in the food we eat which can prevent or at least slow down oxidative damage to our bodies. More precisely, they inhibit the process of oxidation in our bodies. This produces free radicals which can then start chain reactions – when these occur in a cell, it can cause damage and even death. What antioxidants do is to stop these chain reactions by getting rid of free radical intermediates and inhibiting other oxidation reactions. In a nutshell (and in less complicated terms), these antioxidants act as ‘free radical scavengers’ which exterminate these free radicals and prevent any damage caused by them.

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