What Do Antioxidants Do? - Duke's Materia Tonica

Antioxidants Control The Rate of Oxidation

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Antioxidants control the production of energy in cells by neutralizing excessive by-products of oxidation, called free-radicals, to protect cells from damage and to allow for the process of daily recovery and regeneration.

Antioxidants are like the coolant in a car engine that counteracts the hot combustion of exploding gas to keep the engine cool. The cooling system is designed so that the car can drive continuously throughout the day, stay at optimal functioning temperaturemaintain smooth running, reduce unwanted by-products, and last a long-time.

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