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Unformatted text preview: yas. Because preliminary research has shown an inverse correlation between consumption of tomatoes and cancer risk, lycopene has been considered a potential agent for prevention of some types of cancers, particularly prostate cancer. Another antioxidant called
reservatrol, found in red grapes,
raspberries, and mulberries,
seems to affect age-regulated
genes, allowing cells to live
longer and offsetting the risk of
cancer, heart disease, and
Alzheimer's Antioxidants and Free Radicals Antioxidants are intimately involved in the
prevention of cellular damage -- the common
pathway for cancer, aging, and a variety of
diseases. Free radicals are atoms or groups of
atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of
electrons and can be formed when oxygen
interacts with certain molecules. Their chief
danger comes from the damage they can do
when they react with important cellular
components such as DNA, or the cell membrane.
Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs. To...
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