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what exactly the antioxidants do?! thanks in advance;)

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Antioxidants: There are many antioxidants in both food and supplements. Oxidation is an ongoing process because we live in an atmosphere that has oxygen in it. Chemically reactive oxygen species are created every moment we're alive -- and these molecules cause oxidative changes (like aging or "rust") in our systems. Think of apple slices turning brown. Antioxidants naturally balance this dynamic process.
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Antioxidants: Antioxidants contained in many colorful vegetables counter act free radicals in the body that can lead to various illnesses including cancer. Consult tufts university nutrition letter for expert knowledge in this area.

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