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Posted: January 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Antioxidants — Benefits and Uses Overview

Antioxidants are important nutrients that help us maintain optimal health and prevent disease. They may even slow the aging process.

Who Needs Antioxidants?

Everyone needs antioxidants as part of their diet for optimal health. Free radicals are byproducts of normal metabolism and energy production, but also can be triggered by many environmental toxins such as chemicals, air pollutants, smoke, and UV rays. These unstable molecules naturally attract the atoms they need from healthy tissue, leaving that tissue damaged. They can even damage DNA, causing cancer and other diseases, as well as the aging process.

Antioxidant nutrients are organic nutrients that neutralize free radicals. The more antioxidants you have in your body, the fewer free radicals are circulating, damaging your tissues. In this way, antioxidants prevent disease.

Antioxidant Nutrient Overview

Some of the key antioxidant nutrients for optimal health include Vitamins A, C, and E; carotenoids and flavonoids; Vitamin B-complex; minerals calcium, magnesium, and selenium; and ginkgo biloba.

Antioxidant Categories

Important Antioxidant Foods

Here are some of the best places to find antioxidants with their other uses and benefits.

Antioxidant Seasonings and Supplements

Important Note:

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