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The Power of Antioxidants by Chedan B. Ceriaco, RN

The Power of Antioxidants by Chedan B. Ceriaco, RN



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THE POWER OF ANTIOXIDANTS (PowerPoint Presentation) by Chedan B. Ceriaco, RN.
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Compiled By:Chedan B. Ceriaco, RN
Antioxidants and Free Radicals
According to the Encarta Encyclopedia (2009), anantioxidant is a type of molecule that neutralizes harmfulcompounds called
 free radicals
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.
With the loss of an electron, the formerly stablemolecule becomes a free radical itself and steals anelectron from another nearby molecule. Thus, an electron-snatching chain reaction is under way with free radicals producing more free radicals. Antioxidants neutralize freeradicals by donating one of their own electrons, thusending the chain reaction. When they lose electrons,antioxidants DO NOT become free radicals because theyare stable in either form.
An example would be the role of vitamin C(ascorbic acid) as a powerful antioxidant. Ascorbic acid protects against oxidative damage by donating its 2hydrogens with their electrons to free radicals. In doingso, ascorbic acid becomes DEHYDROASCORBIC ACID.This dehydroascorbic acid can readily accept

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