Antioxidants as free radicals Antioxidants simply put, are any molecule that is able to prevent the oxidization of another molecule. Oxidization is a process by which electrons are transferred between molecules, often producing chemicals known as free radicals as a by-product of the reaction. It is these free radicals which make antioxidants so important in our daily diets. Free radicals can bind to other cells and create a chain reaction that can damage and kill many cells. This damage will have different effects depending on what cells are involved and where in the body, but as an example, free radicals binding to cholesterol molecules in the bloodstream can cause those molecules to become stuck against the wall of an artery. (more…)
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