Antioxidants are substances that are naturally present in fruit and vegetables.
They protect the body against harmful molecules (free radicals), which can be produced during all kinds of processes. Antioxidants can neutralise free radicals to prevent or reduce damage to DNA and other proteins. Well-known antioxidants in food include vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A), selenium and resveratrol.
Antioxidants are also produced industrially so they can be added to products as a preservative or taken in the form of supplements.
Antioxidants and your health
There are several health effects associated with antioxidants.
iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether antioxidants may be particularly important for you to help prevent certain conditions. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks. Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health. In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.