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What does antioxidants do for your body?

I bought a juice that says it has that and vitamin C and E. So what is that good for?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:03 AM on Jan. 18, 2009 in Health

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  • Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

    Antioxidant substances include

    * Beta-carotene
    * Lutein
    * Lycopene
    * Selenium
    * Vitamin A
    * Vitamin C
    * Vitamin E

    Antioxidants are found in many foods. These include fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains, and some meats, poultry and fish.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:17 AM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • I read recently that free radicals can also be produced in our body from the minerals contained in regular multivitamins.So basically the antioxidants that people take are being used up right before they are absorbed by the body. it means that the body does not get the benefit of it all.

    Answer by GigglesRN69 at 7:24 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

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