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Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful
molecules called oxygen free radicals. Most antioxidants are vitamins (such as
beta-carotene and vitamins E and C) that are naturally found in many fruits and
vegetables or are available as supplements.
Oxygen free radicals are normal by-products of cell metabolism.
But at high levels they can cause damage to cells. Antioxidants may
protect the body from cell damage.
June 29, 2011
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Marc S. Micozzi, MD, PhD - Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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