What are antioxidants?

What are antioxidants?


An antioxidant is a natural biochemical substance that protects living cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals cause oxidation, the same chemical process that causes the metal to rust and apples to turn brown. In the body, if left uncontrolled, free radicals cause cell membranes to erode and die, leading to a variety of degenerative conditions.
Produced as a byproduct of cellular activities, free radicals are typically neutralized and rendered harmless by antioxidants. But when environmental and other toxins(Poor diet, pollution, stress, cigarettes) introduce an increased burden of free radicals, the body’s reserve of antioxidants is quickly exhausted.