Antioxidants and Free Radicals
According to the Encarta Encyclopedia (2009), anantioxidant is a type of molecule that neutralizes harmfulcompounds called
that damage living cells,spoil food, and degrade materials such as rubber, gasoline,and lubricating oils. Antioxidants can take the form of enzymes in the body, vitamin supplements, or industrialadditives.
Whitney and Rolfes (2002) define free radical as amolecule with one or more unpaired electrons. An electronwithout a partner is unstable and highly reactive. To regainits stability, the free radical quickly finds a stable butvulnerable compound from which to steal an electron.