Jul 23, 2012
Antioxidant Balance (part 1 of a 3-part blog series)
What are Antioxidants and Free Radicals?
The term "antioxidant" refers to the activity possessed by numerous vitamins, minerals, and other phytochemicals to serve as protection against the damaging effects of highly reactive molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals have the ability to chemically react with and damage many structures in the body. Particularly susceptible to oxidative damage are the cell membranes of virtually all cells, especially the skin because of its high lipid content and its proximity to ultraviolet rays from the sun.