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Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5.13: Organic Chemistry II Fall 2003 Outline & Study Guide for Unit VIII. Radicals Free Radicals: Friend or Foe? Free radicals exist naturally in our bodies and play important roles in many essential biochemical processes; however, research has shown that an excess of free radicals can trigger destructive chain reactions in cells. Free radical oxidation has been linked to premature aging, high blood pressure, arthritis, cancer, and many other ailments. No wonder Americans spend millions of dollars every year on vitamins containing anti-oxidants! It’s even hard to buy face cream that doesn’t claim to fight free radicals. From the old essentials like β - carotene and vitamin C, to compounds like lycopene and EGCg that are receiving more recent attention, it appears that anti-oxidants are the lucrative weapons of choice in the endless battle against free radicals. The same highly reactive species that wreak havoc on our bodies have been tamed and harnessed in the chemistry laboratory.
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course CHEMICAL E 20.410j taught by Professor Rogerd.kamm during the Spring '03 term at MIT.

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