Natural substances that are made by the body. They help to put oxygen in the cells of the human body, and many different foods are full of antioxidants. They may protect the cells in a person’s body from oxidative damage. As the body uses oxygen, there are by-products known as “free radicals” that can cause damage to cells. Antioxidants repair these free radicals and are associated with a decreased risk of many conditions.
Antioxidant foods include fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains, poultry and fish, and antioxidant vitamins include Vitamins A, C, and E.
It has been known for years that antioxidants can help prevent heart disease and cancer, reduce blood pressure, and may slow the effects of aging. See the Health Power Tip Sheets on Antioxidant Foods.