Antioxidants are part of many plants and a myriad of foods we eat
every day. Their health promoting effects have been well documented.
Antioxidants work by donating an electron to a molecule that has been
compromised by oxidation, bringing it back into a state of proper
function. Having been "used up" in this way, the antioxidant molecule
is then either re-charged by accepting an electron from another type of
antioxidant or it is re-cycled into building material such as - in the
case of vitamin C - collagen for purposes of tissue repair.