To prevent oxidation (caused by infection, exercise, smoking, air pollution) our body has a great ally, the antioxidants. Some vitamins and minerals have a strong antioxidant role, such as vitamin C, E, and Zinc.
Two main non-vitamin and non-mineral substances are the phenolic compound s and the carotenoids
Phenolic compounds can be found in red wine, apples, onions, wine grapes, spices, berries, tea, cocoa and many other food items
Carotenoids can be found in carrots, bell peppers, beets, broccoli, mangoes, oranges, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelon, pumpkin, apricots