Families, Food and Fitness June 01, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

Antioxidants protect key cell components by neutralizing the damaging effects of "free radicals," natural byproducts of cell metabolism. Free radicals form when oxygen is metabolized, or burned by the body. They travel through cells, disrupting the structure of other molecules, causing cellular damage. Such cell damage is believed to contribute to aging and various health problems.

Reprinted from the International Food Information Council Foundation, (2009)