Oxidation process in the body produces free radicals (unstable chemicals) which damages the cells and organs. High level of free radicals leads to serious diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Foods rich in antioxidants fights free radicals and neutralizes them which prevents cholesterol from sticking to artery walls and prevents cardiovascular diseases. It also decreases the formation of blocks in heart vessels, thus reducing the risk of atherosclerosis. Thus, fight cardiovascular diseases by consuming foods rich in antioxidants.
*Atherosclerosis – a disease in which plaque builds up inside the arteries