Let's talk about antioxidants!
Have you ever sliced an apple and it turns brown very quickly?
Free radicals out of the air start to immediately destroy the apple at a cellular level, and will continue to destroy that apple until you toss it out.
But, have you ever sliced an apple and immediately put some lemon juice on it?
The lemon juice works as an antioxidant to keep that apple fresh and healthy, protecting that apple at a cellular level, slowing down the aging process.
This is how antioxidants work with our body!
So…what are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are compounds that fight off free radical damage to our body.
How do antioxidants work?
Antioxidants work to fight off free radical damage by preventing oxidative stress.
Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons. Because free radicals have this uneven number of electrons, they cause oxidative stress by taking electrons from other molecules so they can have a stable structure.
Antioxidants prevent this oxidative damage by giving electrons to the free radicals. This makes the free radicals happy so now they don’t have to steal the electrons from our body’s molecules.