The role of antioxidants in the body

Published December 23, 2013

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Every day, your body produces substances called free radicals. This occurs during normal metabolic processes as well as during exposure to chemicals in our environment. These free radicals cause chemical chain reactions (oxidation reactions) in the tissues which lead to cell damage.

Antioxidants are molecules that work to stop these chain reactions and help minimize the damaging effects of free radicals in the body.1 Antioxidants may help to keep us healthy and reduce the risk of health problems.

Plant based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts are considered to be good dietary sources of antioxidants. 2 If you are looking to increase your antioxidant intake, fruits with the highest antioxidant concentrations include cranberries, blueberries and blackberries. Among the vegetables, choose beans, artichokes and potatoes and walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts among the nuts.3

Nature’s OwnTM Heart Health Natural Vitamin E 1000IU contains a high dosage of vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant or “free radical scavenger”, helping to decrease the risk of cell damage, particularly LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.

Learn about which Nature's Own product may be appropriate for you.

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