If you had told me at any point in the last ten years while my brother, Jeremy, was battling his opioid addiction, that it would end in a St. Louis hospital listening to the beeping of machines, learning terms like anoxic brain injury and diabetes insipidus while a transplant team discussed organ donation, I would have insisted you were mistaken. I would have told you there was no way he would be brain dead by 30 years old.
You’ve probably heard the word antioxidant before — maybe in a health magazine, a story headline online, or even in your doctor’s office. But how much do you know about these important nutrients? Here, we explain what antioxidants are, how they function in the body, how to increase your intake, and more.