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What are Antioxidants?

An antioxidant is a chemical that prevents the oxidation of other chemicals. In biological systems, the normal processes of oxidation (plus a minor contribution from ionizing radiation) produce highly reactive free radicals. These can readily react with and damage other molecules: in some cases the body uses this to fight infection. In other cases, the damage may continue to the body's own cells. The presence of extremely easily oxidizable compounds in the system can "mop up" free radicals before they damage other essential molecules.

The following compounds have shown positive antioxidants effects. Each has a unique molecular structure.

To view the molecular structure and read of each of the following antioxidants click below.


Beta Carotene

Ellagic Acid Epigallocatechin Picrocrocin
Epicatechin Lycopene Safranal
Lutein Proanthocyanidins  
Quercetin Resveratrol  
Vitamin C Vitamin E  

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