Antioxidants

antioxidant  (AN-tee-OK-sih-dent)A substance that protects cells from the damage caused by free radicals (unstable molecules made by the process of oxidation during normal metabolism). Free radicals may play a part in cancer, heart disease, stroke, and other diseases of ageing. Antioxidants include beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins A, C, and E, and other natural and manufactured substances.