Free radicals are unstable molecules produced as a result of oxidation processes in the body. It triggers chain reactions that eat away at the cells of the body and damage the genetic material within.
Emotional stress, ultraviolet light, air pollution, and cigarette smoke also generate free radicals that can put your health at risk.
Antioxidants have been shown to be helpful in minimising the damages caused by free radicals. Important antioxidants include:
- Vitamins A, C, E carotenoids, gluthathione, L-cysteine, zinc and selenium
- Compounds found in plants, such as gingko biloba, bilberry and green tea
While fruits and vegetables provide a ready source of natural antioxidants in the diet, additional supplementation may be desirable to help achieve optimal intake.