pro-oxidant nutrients

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Any nutrients that can, under appropriate conditions, serve as a source of radicals. Most of those that are considered to be antioxidants can also have pro-oxidant action, either forming radicals non-enzymically, or because their antioxidant action is due to the formation of stable radicals that survive long enough to penetrate deeper into tissues or plasma lipoproteins, perpetuating radical damage. See also antioxidant paradox.

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