Anti-oxidants are compounds produced in your body and also found in foods. They protect and help defend your cells from harmful substances known as Free Radicals. Oxidative Stress is when these free radicals accumulate.
Free radicals are waste compounds produced by the cell as the body processes food and reacts to certain stimuli by the environment.
Free radical production is influenced by both internal and external factors. Internal factors are problems like inflammation and chronic stress. External factors are environmental which include things like pollution, UV exposure and cigarette smoke.
Oxidative stress is when free radicals build up in the system and cause cell damage; this in turn can lead to;
Ways to increase your antioxidant intake;