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Antioxidants, What Are They, and What Do They Do For You?

May 6, 2008
Free radicals, antioxidants, radiation, cancer, these are all words you have likely heard recently in the news if you pay any attention at all to the health reports. Free radicals are what are produced by your cells as your body breaks down food or deals with exposure to radiation or cancer causing agents.

The scientists have not been able to prove as to why people consuming these fresh fruits and vegetables are less prone to various heart disease than the people who eat processed foods, why the people who eat these natural supplements are less prone to cancer than the people who eat refined foods. Well the answer may lie in the fact that these natural foods provides anti oxidants to the body but it is much more than that. More over there should be some way for people who eat refined foods to avoid the above mentioned disease are there are many reasons due to which a person is not able to have fresh fruits and vegetables.

The answer lies in antioxidant supplements. Recent studies have shown that part of the benefit from eating fresh produce everyday comes from antioxidants. These are substances that defend our body against the ravages brought on by free radicals. The first ever antioxidants to catch the attention of scientists and the vitamin supplement industry is beta-carotene or more commonly known as Vitamin A. Now, you can find antioxidant supplements in the form of Vitamin A capsules in almost any pharmacy or health food store. Beta-carotene antioxidant supplements generally come from orange, yellow, and green leafy vegetables and fruit.

Antioxidant supplements contain substances such as Vitamin C, beta-carotene, lycopene, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A. You can purchase each of these substances individually in capsule or tablet form, or a supplement that blends them into a single convenient dose. There are also special formulas for people under a great deal of physical or mental stress and other people with special nutritional needs. A natural food store or pharmacy will be able to provide you with a full line of antioxidant supplements to choose from.

Most antioxidant supplements you find in health stores today contain a standard ingredient base. Antioxidant supplements generally contain vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and the mineral selenium. Other combinations include other antioxidants as well but typical antioxidant supplements include those already mentioned
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