WHAT DO ANTIOXIDANTS DO?
Every body undergoes a process called 'oxidization' when fighting bacteria (white blood cells) or detoxifying the body (liver). This process can produce substances called free radicals, which can damage your body's cells. Antioxidants can help stabilize your body before these free radicals do severe damage and cause illnesses and disease. However, too many antioxidants can also have negative effects because a small amount of free-radicals are actually good for your body's biological functions (such as cell growth and regulating the immune system). As with any supplement, balance is key.
WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?
Training at high levels of intensity leads to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is defined as the imbalance between reactive oxygen species (ROS) - produced as a result of cells' metabolic processes - and antioxidants. Oxidative stress can damage cell structure, protein and lipids. Antioxidants can help to counteract this imbalance, leading to better muscle recovery and a stronger immune system.