We’re bombarded with marketing about antioxidants—we’re told they’re good for us, to eat more foods and sip more teas high in these so called “super powered” molecules. However, many of us still don’t know what antioxidants actually are and what they do for our health.
Here are nine impressive fast facts about antioxidants and why they are beneficial to health…
1. What exactly are antioxidants?
We all have antioxidant enzymes in our bodies (i.e., selenium methionine peroxidase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and superoxide dismutase) as protection from free radical damage. The term antioxidant refers to molecules that fight or slow down the oxidation process of harmful and damaging chemicals in the air and in materials in our environment (i.e., metals) that we breathe and absorb. That’s where they get their so called “super” label and why foods that are high in antioxidants, like green tea, are dubbed “super foods.”