Friday, July 9, 2010

Antioxidants Protect Against

Free Radicals

Where do free radicals come from?

They are in every breath you take, every glass of water you drink, and every bite of food you eat.

They abound in cigarette smoke, and other air, water, and food pollutants.

They are even created by our food preparation (by grilling fatty meat for example).

They are produced by infection, inflammation and, believe it or not, exercise.
Well, it looks like we can't avoid them, so....

How Can We Protect Ourselves?

Antioxidants to the rescue! An antioxidant is an atom or molecule with extra electrons it can donate to inactivate or "mop up" free radicals.

The body's immune system produces homemade antioxidants and some vitamins such as E and C are also powerful antioxidants. However, there are other antioxidants that are even more potent than vitamins. These are found in various plants such as the Mangosteen.