Antioxidants: What Are They and What Do They Do?

There is a lot of buzz around the subject of antioxidants. You have probably heard that the main purpose of antioxidants is to help fight free radicals in our bodies. What does all of that actually mean, though? What do antioxidants do?

 

Let's Break It Down

 

Our bodies and everything in them are made up of molecules.The Octet Rule* states that molecules need 8 electrons in their outer shell to be stable. Molecules that are missing an electron are what is referred to as free radicals. They will do whatever they can to bond with other molecules to stabilize themselves, which can cause damage to otherwise healthy cells. 

Antioxidants are molecules which contain the special ability to lend electrons to help to stabilize free radicals and in turn, protect cell health. It's important to note that the term "antioxidants" is more of a general term which refers to the ability to stabilize molecules, rather than a specific nutritional property.(2)

When there is an imbalance of antioxidants and free radicals in our bodies, this results in something called oxidative stress.Things like processed foods, sugar, cigarettes, alcohol and environmental exposure to chemicals or pollution all contribute oxidative stress. Oxidative stress ultimately leads to cell, DNA, and protein damage. It is also attributed to early aging and a range of other serious health conditions.

A great way to combat oxidative stress and the resulting cell damage is to get plenty of sleep, exercise, eat a healthy balanced diet, and supplement when needed.

 

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