Antioxidants are good, but should we be spending $2bn a year?

Dietitian Lisa Yates takes a closer look at Australia’s superfood obsession.

IF ANTIOXIDANTS are superheroes then free radicals are villains.

Free radicals are reactive molecules that cause oxidative stress, damaging cells and genetic material. They do this by stealing electrons from other molecules, creating new free radicals.1,2 After enough damage, cells can stop functioning properly, resulting in chronic disease.