What are antioxidants & how do they impact inflammation in the body?
Have you heard a lot about the benefits of antioxidants over the past few years, but may not be exactly clear on what they are or what they do? You're not alone - but we're here to help. Most simply, antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body.
Easy enough. But what are free radicals and why should you care? Free radicals are the compounds at the heart of what causes our bodies natural inflammatory response. When the body detects higher-than-normal levels of free radicals, it triggers an inflammatory response to fight these free radicals - increasing production of white blood cells, immune cells and cytokines to bring the body back to health. At high levels, they can lead to discomfort, feeling sluggish or irritable, and have been linked to various illnesses and diseases.