But why are antioxidants so important? Because they fight free radicals—highly unstable molecules that can damage cells. Free radicals are formed during oxidation, one of the human body’s natural processes. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states:
The body can produce its own antioxidants and also obtain them from food. Antioxidants are abundant in vegetables and fruits and are also found in grain cereals, teas, legumes and nuts. Examples of antioxidants include anthocyanins, beta-carotene, catechins, flavonoids, lipoic acid, lutein, lycopene, selenium and vitamins C and E. Many antioxidants are also available as dietary supplements."
That short review of free radicals and antioxidants brings me to another study involving antioxidants. Researchers have found that the use of antioxidant natural health supplements over the long run appears to promote heart health and may beneficially affect sugar and fat metabolism, making antioxidants one of the best health products available for overall health and wellness. Read more about this new study that broadens the range of benefits offered from these free radical fighters.