a substance that inhibits the oxidation reaction
by binding with and neutralizing free radicals and other highly reactive
molecules, thus reducing oxidative damage. Some antioxidants (e.g., superoxide
dismutase) are produced by the body to neutralize reactive molecules formed
during cellular metabolism and to fight invading microorganisms. Adding
antioxidants to the diet (e.g., beta carotene, vitamin E, selenium) may
help prevent oxidative stress due to an inadequate cellular supply.
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