Eat your fruits, veggies and take your antioxidant supplements. Do this and you’ll stay healthy, right?
Maybe. But just eating a salad or an orange or popping a vitamin C pill … there’s far more to the physiology behind the strength of your immune system. In fact, it’s only half the equation. Your ability to fight disease also depends on certain molecules in your body that act like vultures, scavenging what are known as free radicals.
These molecules are what’s known as endogenous (internal) antioxidants. In just a bit, you’ll learn a couple of the most important internal antioxidants and which nutrients activate their free-radical-scavenging potential.