Antioxidants, free radicals… We hear these buzzwords all the time, but what exactly do they mean?
These are molecules that prevent the oxidisation of other molecules. Oxidation is a process that can produce free radicals.
These are highly reactive molecules that, when reacting with other chemicals in your body, can cause cells to function abnormally or cause cell damage, leading to issues such as premature ageing or even certain health implications such as cancer or Alzheimer’s disease.
Not so radical
You are exposed to free radicals through normal bodily processes or through pollutants such as cigarette smoke. This is where antioxidants come in. The best sources? Vitamins C and E, and plenty of fruit and veg.
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