Updated: Aug 18
By Kylie Thompson, BS, CPT, LMT
Many of us know that antioxidants are good for us, and we may eat foods rich in antioxidants or use products with antioxidants in them accordingly, but what do antioxidants do? Antioxidants prevent oxidative stress, which can cause degenerative diseases, inflammatory diseases, and aging. The process of oxidative stress happens when there is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in your body. If you have been exposed to a lot of free radicals through your environment or your diet, you may need to incorporate more antioxidants into your lifestyle.
When the body is in balance, free radicals can help fight pathogens and keep the body healthy. Where do free radicals come from? Our bodies produce free radicals when we exercise or have inflammation, and these free radicals are n