Anti-oxidants are the substances that helps in preventing the body cells from free radical attack. There are many types of antioxidants : Artificial or Natural.
There are two categories of Antioxidants:
Endogenous are the antioxidants which body can produce itself.
Exogenous are the antioxidants that comes outside of the body/
Reasons of increasing the free radicals in the body:
1. Ultravoilet Exposure.
3. Cigarette Smoke.
How Anti-oxidants are beneficial for us:
It protects the cell damage that free radicals cause known as oxidative stress.
Activities that cause oxidative stress include:
- Excessive exercise
- Consumption of refined food or processed food .
- Exposure to chemicals like drugs and pesticides.
This can lead to cell damage.