Author(s): Singh Nidhi*, Singh Gaurav
Intensive oxidative processes occurring in human organism lead to formation of oxygen reactive forms, which can damage systemic cells and tissues. Antioxidants are substances that may protect cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. These protective compounds are common in our foods such as Vitamins A, C, E and Coenzyme Q10. Also carotene such as beta-carotene, which is high in carrots, Lycopene, which gives tomatoes their colour, is a powerful antioxidant. Grape seed, maratime pine bark and green tea extracts contain catechins that have potent antioxidant properties and have become popular natural medicines. Free radical damage may lead to ageing, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes etc. The present review aims to highlight the natural sources of antioxidants and its role in disease management.