Glossary Term:

Title

antioxidants

Phonetic

<b>an</b>-tee-<b>OX</b>-uh-dunts or <b>an</b>-tie-<b>OX</b>-uh-dunts

Description

compounds that hold back chemical reactions with oxygen (oxidation). Some vitamins, such as vitamins C and E and beta-carotene are antioxidants. Antioxidants that are found in foods are thought to reduce the risk of some cancers. But taking certain antioxidants as supplements has been linked to higher cancer risk in some people.