What are antioxidants, and why are they so important?

I’m sure you’ve all heard of antioxidants and how essential they are for the body. To help you get more of an understanding of antioxidants, we’ve put together a little Q&A, so by the time you read this you’ll be able to understand what antioxidants and free radicals are, and how they impact your health.

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What exactly are antioxidants and how can I get them in my body?

Antioxidants are molecules which stop free radicals from causing oxidative stress, thereby preventing damage to our body. Antioxidants come in many different forms, which include antioxidants made by our body such as glutathione. Most importantly, antioxidants can be obtained by diet from consuming an abundance of fruits and vegetables. These fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals and polyphenols that provide the body with important antioxidants.

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What are free radicals and what have they got to do with antioxidants?

Most people understand free radicals as being ‘the badies’. Free radicals, also known as oxidants are simply unstable molecules. These unstable molecules have unpaired electrons, meaning they will steal an electron from another molecule in order for it to become stable again. What does this mean? It means that the molecule that lost its electron will now become a free radical itself, leading it to then steal an electron from another molecule, thus beginning a vicious cycle! Antioxidants come into the equation by stabilising these free radicals by donating an electron so they will no longer contain an unpaired electron anymore!

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How do free radicals cause damage?

The process of generating new free radicals is damaging to the molecules in our body’s cells and DNA, proteins and fats. A build up of free radicals in the body will lead to oxidative stress which is associated with many health diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.

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Why should I take Morlife's Antiox Reds?

Here at Morlife, we pride ourselves on research to ensure our customers receive quality, nutrient dense products. Sometimes it can be hard to ensure we are getting in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Antiox Reds contains 15 antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables plus functional ingredients, lycopene and grape seed extract. The great part is, our Antiox Reds has been ORAC tested to show its antioxidant capacity, it is proven to contain 5 times more antioxidant capacity than an 18g serve of blueberries! Besides its impressive antioxidant features, Antiox Reds has a delicious fruity taste and is free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners.


If you still have any questions on your mind about antioxidants, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Research Nutritionists at research@morlife.com