Title:Antioxidants - Your Body's Garbage Collector Word Count:523 Summary:Are you making the mistake of not eating enough antioxidants in your diet? I mean really, what is the harm?What, that is, aside from early aging, heart disease, cancer, and a host of other illnesses. Keywords:antioxidants, free radicals, nutrition Article Body:Are you making the mistake of not eating enough antioxidants in your diet? I mean really, what is the harm?What, that is, aside from early aging, heart disease, cancer, and a host of other illnesses. As someone who is concerned about your health, you should be very much aware of the foods you put intoyour body. But how many of us actually are? If your health strategy is simply to eat what you want and hope for the best, you may be planting the seedsof your own future illnesses. Antioxidants help to fight free radicals. But what are free radicals and why are they so harmful to yourbody? And why does your body need protection against them? A free radical is a molecule with an unpaired electron. Because it has a free electron, it is highly reactive andvery susceptible to oxidation. Just think of how an exposed apple or potato turns brown when left uncovered. This is caused by oxidation.Well, this is what free radicals are doing to the inside of your body. Free radicals are not useful as cells to the body. Instead, they steal nutrients from healthy cells - starvingthem. When healthy cells starve, they deteriorate, and in the process, weaken the body's immune defenses.This is why your body needs to rid itself of them as soon as possible. Free radicals occur in our bodies every minute of the day. But environment has an effect also. The more youare in contact with toxic environments such as cigarette smoke, radioactivity, smog, pollution, and so on, themore free radicals your body will absorb.