By Newsmax Staff

You’ve probably seen many health headlines on studies linking nutritious foods and health.

Blueberries may help prevent heart disease.

Carrots boost eyesight.

Tomatoes can stave off prostate cancer.

But what you may not know is that all of these healthy foods contain antioxidants — natural compounds believed to be at the root of such benefits. Antioxidants combat what are called “free radicals” in the body that can cause unhealthy changes in cells and tissues that lead to disease.

Unfortunately, many Americans aren’t getting enough of them in their diets or through supplements, putting themselves at risk for the nation’s major killers.

“Every day, our bodies go through a normal process called ‘oxidation,’ which is simply what happens when oxygen comes in contact with another substance — in this case, the body’s living tissue,” explains renowned cardiologist Chauncey Crandall, M.D.

“[That] results in the production of ‘free radicals’ [that] can cause unhealthy changes in the body…. Antioxidants are vitamins and other compounds contained in foods that help prevent this harmful oxidative process. That’s why it’s beneficial to fill your plate every day with antioxidant-rich foods such as blueberries, beans, and carrots.”

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