What are antioxidants?

Antioxidants are natural or man-made chemicals that can help prevent or slow cell damages by protecting healthy cells from damages caused by free radicals. Free radicals are byproducts that are formed when oxygen is used by the body. If you've seen a peeled apple turn brown, you've seen oxidation in action. Antioxidants can help prevent, slow down and repair damage to your body's tissue. Antioxidants are very powerful in preventing diseases, help neutralizing free radicals in the body by binding oxidants and are important in your daily diet. Antioxidants will also help improve the quality of your skin and protect it from damages caused by the sun and environments from the inside and out. Natural antioxidants can be found mainly in fruits, vegetables, seafood, marine plants and other plant foods such as herbs, spices, nuts, seeds and legumes. Antioxidant rich diet is very important in helping to build body’s immune defense. Food color usually indicates the type of antioxidant .Try to consume a wide variety of fruits and vegetables with different colors to get the most amounts of antioxidants in your diet.