Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Nutritional Supplements: What Are Anti-Oxidants

Nutritional Supplements: What Are Anti-Oxidants

Anyone who is interested in nutrition and nutritional supplements has probably heard of antioxidants. They are nutrients, minerals, vitamins and enzymes that protect your body from free radicals and can be found in many nutritional supplements.

Free radicals are what cause the cut edges of an apple to go brown, make iron rust, and turn oil rancid. Nutritional supplements that contain antioxidants can neutralize free radicals. Because the nutrients are used up in the process, antioxidants need to be replenished regularly and nutritional supplements can help.

In addition to vitamins, minerals and enzymes, there are other compounds and nutrients that have antioxidant properties, and nutritional supplements have been formulated to provide them. Coenzyme Q10 and uric acid are two such nutrients. Antioxidants are necessary for good health, but they all combat different free radicals and so can require a broad spectrum of nutritional supplements. You may want to consider nutritional supplements containing Vitamin C, nutritional supplements containing Vitamin E, nutritional supplements containing beta carotene, nutritional supplements containing selenium, nutritional supplements containing manganese, or nutritional supplements containing zinc. Five servings of fruits and vegetables a day can also provide many of the antioxidants your body needs.

Free radicals are molecules that are harmful to the body because they contain an uneven number of electrons, and they either grab an extra electron from the body's cells or emit an electron into your body, which can disrupt cells or DNA. Antioxidants have all different ways of acting that interfere with free radicals' ability to damage your cells.

Article Source: Health Guidance
Jeanette Pollock

Jeanette Pollock is a freelance author and website owner of

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