The Functions of Antioxidants

The Functions of Antioxidants

I couldn’t help but notice that many health conscious individuals like to throw about antioxidants as a kind of buzzword…but most of the time they don’t really know what the word means!

In this article we will be taking a look at the functions of antioxidants, their benefits and general facts, in infographic format.

By the end of the article you should have a decent knowledge on the subject…

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The Role of Antioxidants

Okay, before I start banging on about the subject, it probably makes sense that you go through the information in the image provided first (after all – that’s what you’re here for!)…

antioxidants facts in image

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The Antioxidant Effect

Our bodies create free radicals and then create antioxidants to keep these free radicals in check. There’s only one problem though…

The body seems to be a lot better at creating these free radicals (i.e. in most cases, free radicals far outnumber the naturally occurring antioxidants).

So, we really need to try and find some external sources of antioxidants if at all possible – try our hardest to level the playing field (between free radicals and antioxidants!).

But it doesn’t just stop there, oh no…

Antioxidants also benefit:

  • Vision
  • Bone Growth
  • Cell Function
  • Fighting Infection
  • Protection Against Cataracts
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Sun Damage to the Skin
  • Repairing DNA
  • Can Help Slow The Aging Process

The bottom line here is that you really should listen to your mother – eat up all your fruit and veggies and you’ll grow up to be a big strong boy/girl. 🙂

If you found the infographic on antioxidants interesting, please feel free to share this article wherever you see fit (sharing is caring after all).


If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject of antioxidants, please leave them in the comment section below.

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14 thoughts on “The Functions of Antioxidants

  1. I really liked your infographic on antioxidants. I agree that they definitely have become a buzz word for health. I have a hard time understanding scientific studies and really like infographics because they break the benefits down into something clear and easy to understand.

    Do you create these infographics or do you find them?

    I only ask because my partner is also running a blog and she struggles to find decent, royalty free images for it at times. 

    1. Hi there Michael – it’s really cool to hear that the infographic structure of this article helped you understand the subject of antioxidants….it worked! 🙂

      To be honest with you, I don’t really have the time to create these health-based infographics so I have a quick search around online to find one to fit with my food, exercise or health posts. 

      Most creators don’t mind you using them as they leave their own website addresses on them. 

      Good luck with your partner’s blog! 

  2. Hey Chris,

    Finally I found a website that explains what antioxidants are in language that I don’t need a dictionary for.


    Your info graph is excellent.

    I feel I discovered something today.

    You are right when you say people throw the words around as if they are masters. I have heard the terms many times, but this is the 1st time I really understood what was going on.

    Good job!


  3. That’s a beautiful infographic and it really helps to understand the topic much better than just some written text.

    I heard about antioxidants and knew that they were good for our health, but I never really understood more than that. Your article gave me a clear explination.

    I always try to cook with fresh ingredients, not only for myself, but for the well being of my 2-year old. Sure, it’s a little bit more work at first, but after getting used to it, it doesn’t take me much time anymore. I prepare big portions and put them in the freezer in smaller portions.

  4. Hi Ninja!

    Thanks so much for sharing this informative post!

    I had heard about antioxidants but to be honest I never quite understood the wide ranging effect they have on our health. The infographic you provided was the perfect visual aid to help me understand the importance of antioxidants. It was good to know the various health benefits as well. 

    Thanks again!



  5. Hello Chris,

    I agree with you that Antioxidants is a word that is being used more and more but is not being written in a way that actually explains what it is or how it works. Thanks very much for writing this in a way that the average Joe can understand why it is important and how it benefits our bodies.

    The info-graphic is a great source of information on where to find them however I would like to know, how does one go about calculating the daily intake requirements to ensure one is getting sufficient amounts of antioxidants?

    Thanks for your assistance.


    1. Wow – that’s a pretty good question Richard!

      I would just recommend eating plenty of foods that contain these antioxidants, use your head and don’t be the ‘fast food guy’! 🙂

  6. It is really important to eat every vegetable and not to choose what to eat and what not to eat. As for me tomatoes, grape fruits and water melons are not my favorite but now having read the healthy benefits for it I am seeing the importance of eating them for my health. I never knew they help to lower the risk of prostate cancer.

    Nice blog

    1. Cool – I’m glad I managed to change your mind on them mate! 🙂

      Try them out for a week or two and see, you’ll get used to them, and maybe even enjoy them! 

  7. Thanks Chris. In England they say, an apple a day, keeps the doctor away. I would add a tomato a day too. Lycopene is one of the best antioxidants mother nature is providing. And it doesn’t really matter how you eat your tomatoes. In ketchup or as soup, raw or in a shake, just eat them! Do you know that one of the most underestimated vitamine is vitamine D? You all get vague complaints and fatigue. We are too often in the house or office when the sun is shining. 

    I love your website, Chris, you might want to take a quick peek at mine too, you might find some writing inspiration on it, it’s about Superfood. It’s in Dutch, but I have Google translate on it. I will surf around here a bit, nice articles. I love the 4 awesome soy protein shake recipes

    https :// aloesvera.siterubix (dot) com


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