• Antioxidant Primer: Potential Health Benefits of Antioxidants and Pro-Oxidants

    Posted April 28, 2010: by Bill Sardi

    So much is said about antioxidants these days. The public has been educated to believe antioxidants are generally beneficial when consumed in foods and dietary supplements. Antioxidants counter the effects of what are called free radicals, unstable species of oxygen, and to a lesser degree, nitrogen. These free radicals can damage tissues in the body.

    Yet, in recent years, a growing body of data points to certain health benefits from employing mega-dose antioxidants, such as vitamin C, curcumin and resveratrol, to actually generate free radicals to treat disease.

    But before we get to these recent discoveries, maybe it is best to briefly background readers in the science of antioxidants.
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