By Diane Henderiks
From skin care to gasoline to the dinner table, antioxidants play a role. Ask anyone whether antioxidants are good for you and they will say "definitely." Follow that up with, "What are antioxidants?" and you might be surprised by the answer. Most people have no idea what antioxidants are but know they are good for you. Here is my quick and minimally confusing explanation of antioxidants:
Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that may protect your cells from the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food for energy, or by environmental toxins like cigarette smoke and radiation. Free radicals can damage cells, weaken the immune system and may play a role in heart disease, arthritis, cancer and other diseases.
Free radicals are thieves looking for electrons and will take them whenever available, leaving the cellular victim of this theft vulnerable to problems until thoseRead More »from Antioxidants in a Nutshell