from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A chemical compound or substance that inhibits oxidation.
- n. A substance, such as vitamin E, vitamin C, or beta carotene, thought to protect body cells from the damaging effects of oxidation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any substance that acts to slow or prevent the oxidation of another chemical.
- n. In nutrition, one of a group of vitamins that act against the effects of free radicals.
- adj. Acting or having agents that act against oxidation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. substance that inhibits oxidation or inhibits reactions promoted by oxygen or peroxides
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Today the term antioxidant usually encompasses vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and other related carotenoids, as well as the minerals selenium and manganese, which are needed by several free-radical-destroying enzymes in order to work properly.
Basically the term antioxidant refers to substance that will help to slow or halt the oxidation process.
The use of the term antioxidant continues to grow, however, and attempts by marketers to up their claims are drawing on results from tests of 'antioxidant activity'.
From berry extracts to tea bags, the term antioxidant is being used as a marketing tool for products.
These conclusions have implications for the growing number of food using the term antioxidant, and increasingly quoting ORAC values to back up the activity claims.
10-Mar-2009 - From berry extracts to tea bags, the term antioxidant is being used as a marketing ...
The compounds are called antioxidant inflammation modulators because they spur the release of antioxidants while suppressing the body's inflammatory response, each thought to be involved in a range of diseases, also including Parkinson's and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
An in-house USANA study found that the combination of grape-seed extract and vitamin C in Proflavanol C100 provides long-term antioxidant activity and better protective effects than if they were not combined.
The word antioxidant gets thrown around quite a bit.
Glutathione is an antioxidant, which is reduced to GSSG in the presence of reactive oxygen species.