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Antioxidants


Antioxidants, primarily found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, are substances that rid the body of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable compounds made inside of the body but also from exogenous substances such as fried foods, alcohol, smoking, and pollutants. Excess free radicals create oxidative stress in the body and can damage tissues, cells, and accelerate signs of aging. Increased free radical production is associated with the development of chronic disease and inflammatory conditions. Fatigue, low mood, and stubborn weight loss are all signs of increased free radical exposure and toxin accumulation in the body. Antioxidants help lower inflammation and protect cells from damage, especially important in our toxic world today as we are often overexposed to chemicals, radiation, UV sunlight, and pollution. Antioxidant-rich foods include berries, green tea, cacao, cloves, turmeric, and coffee beans. Supplementing with vitamins and antioxidants can provide superior natural antioxidant protection than diet alone.