Free radicals are organic molecules that primarily cause tissue damage, aging and certain diseases. These atoms being unstable, always look for other molecules to bond with them, thereby destroying their stability and health.
This causes damage to the healthy atoms in the body. Antioxidants on the other hand, are also molecules that help prevent radicals from damaging the healthy tissues. This infographic provides an illustration of free radicals and antioxidants.
Free radicals look for an electron which they lack, to become stable. They float around in the body and steal an electron from the stable atoms. This now makes the molecule with a missing electron as a free radical and this can go on wreaking havoc to the healthy tissues in the body.
This damage can be minimized when there are sufficient antioxidants in the body. Your diet is very crucial to keep you healthy and fight these harmful free radicals. Antioxidants benefit you in a number of ways, including your quest to stay young.