Antioxidants are helpful in protecting against the effects of free radicals, which cause damage to cells. Free radicals are produced when your body converts food into energy or can come from external sources such as pollution. The key dietary vitamins that protect your body from oxidative damage are beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. Selenium also plays a key role in the formation of a powerful antioxidant, glutathione.
It is important to have a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
Health benefits of Antioxidants
Why are Antioxidants important?
- Specified antioxidants may help in the protection of cells from oxidative stress
Source: European Food Safety Association
Wow! Antioxidants and Healthy Ageing
As we age, our body is subject to greater oxidative stress: antioxidants play a key role in protecting cells from oxidative stress.
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