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What are anti-oxidants?

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You hear them all the time in the news, in your favorite women’s magazines.  But what are anti-oxidants really?  And why should you care?

Anti-oxidants are a substance that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism.  It reduces damage due to oxygen, such as those that are caused by free radicals.  Some well known anti-oxidants are enzymes, vitamin C and E, and Beta Carotene which are capable of countering the effects of oxidization.  It is theorized that anti-oxidants may also help reduce your risk of cancer and age related macular degeneration.

A few things that you can find anti-oxidants in are Green Tea, Nuts, Tomatoes, and Sweet Potatoes.

 

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