AntioxidantsAntioxidants : Sources and Benefits
Frequently Asked Questions
Antioxidants or free-radical scavengers are substances, that can halt or postpone some kinds of cell damage. Free radicals are primarily responsible for this cell damage.
Based on the source, they can be of two types:
- Endogenous antioxidants – which the body generates.
- Exogenous antioxidants – these originate outside of the body.
Antioxidant supplementation at high doses may increase the following health risks:
- Kidney stones
- Beta carotene high dose – Lung cancer in smokers
- Prostate cancer in healthy men
- A type of stroke
- Vitamin A high dose – the risk of birth defects