Why are antioxidants important?

 

Most of us have heard of free radicals, but how many of us really know how damaging they are? We’re aware they’re bad for us, but could we really put a figure to the damage they cause? Well, our infographic has done just that – and the numbers are as surprising as they are shocking. For example, the revelation that unprotected skin can age up to 24 times more in even weak sunlight; or the fact that Japanese scientist Yukie Niwa has estimated up to 85% of all degenerative diseases are caused by free radicals. These are the sort of figures to make you pause and think about seriously re-evaluating your lifestyle.

 

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Along with some distressing statistics on free radicals, we’ve also compiled evidence on the power of antioxidants to combat their effects. From a 40% reduction in the risk of pancreatic cancer to a 29% decrease in heart attack risk and a 20% antioxidant boost simply from eating dark chocolate, there’s enough here to encourage optimism from even the gloomiest cynic. So, if you’re interested in finding out exactly what free radicals are, and how best to defend yourself in the fight against them, read on…
 
 
What are free radicals?
 
 
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