ANTIOXIDANTS, Mitochondrial Damage, and Human Aging

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ANTIOXIDANTS
AGING
OXIDATIVE stress
LONGEVITY
BIOMOLECULES
CHEMICAL inhibitors
MITOCHONDRIA

Abstract:This article presents information on the role that antioxidants play in providing protection against many afflictions that generally accompany aging. The level of internally produced antioxidants decline with age. An imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants leads to a generalized state of oxidative stress that can damage lipids, proteins, DNA, and mitochondria throughout the body. People who live to be 100 years or older often show higher blood levels of antioxidants than their younger counterparts. By providing protection against the biochemical changes that occur with aging, antioxidants represent a veritable fountain of youth.

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