Antioxidants are molecules that protect our body from cellular damage and oxidative stress caused by free radicals.
Our cells can be damaged by free radical, which cause them to function poorly and diminish their action. Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties protect cells from this oxidative stress .
Oxidative stress has been researched to increase inflammation and worsen health conditions. Vitamin C works to lower inflammation and reduce disease progressions .
Illness’s and infections are some of the reasons oxidative stress can increase within the body. Vitamin C supports our immunity by aiding the production of white blood cells, and also improving their action. This immune support then also decreases the potential free radical damage .
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