Acta Scientific Nutritional Health (ASNH)(ISSN: 2582-1423)

Short Communication Volume 6 Issue 3

Take Another Look at Antioxidants

Leonard W Heflich*

Innovation for Success, LLC, USA

*Corresponding Author: Leonard W Heflich, Innovation for Success, USA.

Received: January 27, 2022; Published: February 11, 2022

Antioxidants are molecules that are capable of donating an electron or accepting a proton from an unstable free radical molecule. Free radicals have an extra unpaired electron, making them very unstable, highly reactive and therefore dangerous. Early forms of life had to develop a mechanism for neutralizing free radicals in order to avoid the damage they cause. Studies of early bacteria have discovered the presence of antioxidants at least 2.5 billion years ago. Exposure to atmospheric oxygen and sunlight would not be possible without antioxidants to neutralize the free radicals produced. Anerobic bacteria never learned the trick and even today must hide underground or deep in the ocean where sunlight and oxygen cannot reach.

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Citation

Citation: Leonard W Heflich. “Take Another Look at Antioxidants". Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 6.3 (2022): 35-37.

Copyright

Copyright: © 2022 Leonard W Heflich. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.




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