Antioxidants are compounds that may protect our cells from highly reactive molecules called “free radicals.” Free radicals are molecules that can form as the result of normal body processes or through harmful environmental exposures such as cigarette smoke or radiation. These unstable molecules can damage our body’s cells and DNA, and may play a role in the development of cancer, heart disease and other chronic conditions. Our bodies use antioxidants to neutralize these reactive free radicals before they can cause damage to our cells. You can find a wide range of antioxidants in whole fruits and vegetables, but here are a few of my favorites that are easy to incorporate into any diet (OK, except maybe prunes!):
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