Antioxidants protect our cells from damage that is caused by free radicals. Free radicals are elements produced from lifestyle activities such as smoking - even breathing – and are unavoidable in everyday life. These free-radicals attack healthy cells and weaken them, making us susceptible to infections, cardiovascular disease and other illnesses. Antioxidants include a selection of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene, lycopene, selenium and lutein. Antioxidants act as a shield, protecting your cells, so it’s crucial to get the required amount. A fruit and vegetable-rich diet helps, but isn’t always possible, so vitamin supplementation can be key to maintaining healthy levels of antioxidants.