"Antioxidants are like a mop-up crew, Clarke said. After the hydrogen atoms are pulled off, antioxidants stop the harmful chain reaction. Using another analogy, Clarke said, "Instead of taking an antioxidant to jump in front of a bullet, you place bullet-proof vests on the hydrogen atoms."
"No really, antioxidants are like a bunch of single folks who think free radicals are super attractive. Antioxidants will give up a molecule to a free radical, which means the free radical doesn't have to steal one from another cell in your body."
"Antioxidants are like the strict parents of the Sixties. They stop free radicals from forming which can stop the damage to your cells. "
"Antioxidants are like the selfless marine in the war movie who jumps on the grenade to save his buddies. They are the body's primary defense against oxidative stress."
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