refers to a group of compounds that fights free radicals. To understand
the primary responsibility of an antioxidant, you must first understand
what a free radical is. A free radical is group of atoms or simply atoms
that have an odd number of electrons and can form when oxygen interacts
with certain molecules. Once this happens and a few free radicals form,
a chain reaction occurs and they take over your immune system and other
physiological functions and have a very negative effect on your body.
are several different groups and substances categorized as being
antioxidants. Most of the common ones are beta carotene, vitamin C, and
vitamin E. There are also several minerals that function as
antioxidants, including magnesium, zinc, and copper.
Many bodybuilders use antioxidants for their potential to enhance recovery from training or other athletic endeavors.