View Full Version : What is an antioxident?

08-04-2002, 08:44 PM
What is it? What does it do? How important are they to consume daily?

08-04-2002, 08:57 PM
They cure cancer.

Haha, at least that's what all the marketing people at some fruit juice companies claim. :rolleyes:

Saint Patrick
08-04-2002, 09:16 PM
In a nutshell, it cleans all the junk out of your system.

08-06-2002, 08:17 AM
When your body performs any physical task (whether it be the basal organ functions or running a marathon) free radicals are produced. These radicals are a by product of lactic acid fermentation. These radicals are missing an electron, and if you remember your chemistry, they will seek an electron. The free radicals then cling to your organs and muscles, removing electrons from then. This causes a deterioration in the organs and mainly the muscles worked, because of the locale. This process is called oxidation. Antioxidants in foods are more desirable to the free radicals, thus the radicals cling to them instead of your muscles and organs. So when a food product has a high amount of antioxidants, a high amount of free radicals are essentially eliminated from harming your internals.
Top five high antioxidant foods:
1) Prunes
2) Raisins
3) Tomatoes
4) Blueberries
5) Cantoulope

08-06-2002, 02:32 PM
I thought garlic and strawberries were the top 2

08-06-2002, 03:02 PM
a antioxidant is

a strong reducing compound.

they decrease the chance of a metabolite of under going oxidation.

thats basically it

08-06-2002, 03:05 PM
excellent post burr287!

08-06-2002, 05:00 PM
Ditto. Antioxidants are like rust proofing for your body.