Ask Keri: What Are the Biggest Health Benefits of Antioxidants?

Keri Says: Regularly eating a variety of antioxidant-rich foods may lower your risk of certain cancers while also boosting your heart, brain and skin health. And the health benefits of antioxidants don’t stop there.

In the grand scheme of nutrition science, antioxidants are just beginning to be researched in depth. The term “antioxidant” entered the public vocabulary in the 1990s. I wrote my book about antioxidants, The O2 Diet, in 2010—and so much has changed even since then.

Why Antioxidants Are So Powerful

In the most basic sense, antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are “bad guy” atoms that can damage cells. Read up on how antioxidants work here.

Since free radicals exist throughout the body, fighting them off with antioxidants can have wide-ranging effects that impact multiple systems. Think lower risk of chronic diseases, slowing the aging process, and more.

In other words, you get a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to the health benefits of antioxidants. Here are a few of the most exciting.

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The Health Benefits of Antioxidants, Explained

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