What Are Antioxidants? Plus, Why They're Important as We Age

What Are Antioxidants? Plus, Why They're Important as We Age

Antioxidants, also called free-radical scavengers, are substances that protect our body cells and DNA from harmful free radicals. Our body produces free radicals as a by-product of many processes and as a result of exposure to some substances (such as air pollutants, cigarette smoke, etc.).

Not all free radicals are harmful. They are required during various processes, but they become damaging when they exceed the standard amount (a condition called oxidative stress). In these cases, they may cause diseases like diabetes, cancer, hypertension, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and other age-related conditions.

Antioxidants neutralize the harmful free radicals, protect

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