(DAILYMAIL) — We all want to stay as healthy and young-looking as possible, which is why millions of us dutifully take antioxidant supplements such as vitamins C, E and beta-carotene, as well as splashing out on costly antioxidant ‘superfoods’ such as blueberries.

For years we’ve swallowed the line from scientists that antioxidants could slow the rate at which our cells – and therefore our bodies – age.

The theory is that antioxidants reduce the ‘oxidising’ damage caused by free radicals – corrosive molecules produced by our bodies as we process oxygen, and which we also breathe in from polluted air and smoking.

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