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The Feel Good Factory on Healthy Living by Elisabeth Wilson, Infinite Ideas

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Fighting free radicals

Free radicals are the body’s enemies. Getting rid of them will keep you young and healthy.

If you want a graphic illustration of the power of antioxidants, take an apple, halve it and cover one half of the white flesh with lemon juice. Come back in 30 minutes and the lemon half will be white. That’s because it has vitamin C, a prime antioxidant that fights the damage done to the apple by exposure to the air, or oxidation. We need oxygen to enter the bloodstream, combine with carbohydrates and fats to create energy, but the side effect of this is the creation of molecules called oxidants (or free radicals) which roam around the body causing damage. In order to mop them up and ‘take them out’ we need molecules called antioxidants. ...

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