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    Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Antioxidants are found in many foods, including fruits and vegetables. They are also available as dietary supplements. Examples of antioxidants include

    Vegetables and fruits are rich sources of antioxidants. There is good evidence that eating a diet with lots of vegetables and fruits is healthy and lowers risks of certain diseases. But it isn't clear whether this is because of the antioxidants, something else in the foods, or other factors.

    High-dose supplements of antioxidants may be linked to health risks in some cases. For example, high doses of beta-carotene may increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers. High doses of vitamin E may increase risks of prostate cancer and one type of stroke. Antioxidant supplements may also interact with some medicines. To minimize risk, tell you of your health care providers about any antioxidants you use.

    NIH: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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    A decision to use antioxidants during pregnancy or breastfeeding is based on the balance between risks and positive outcomes. There is not a specific antioxidant that is considered to be safe completely during pregnancy. There are always some negative effects that are associated with drugs taken during pregnancy. However, the overall risk of birth defects for babies of mothers who take antioxidants during pregnancy is low.
    There are a number of antioxidant supplements that are available in the market. For example, Mucolite that contains Ambroxol (antioxidant properties) as an active ingredient is not recommended to be taken in the first trimester of pregnancy as it may cause fetal malformations.
    Pregnant women before taking any antioxidant are advised to notify their gynaecologist if they become pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
    1. Wikipedia Ambroxol URL: Accessed January 04, 2018
    2. TabletWise Mucolite Tablet URL: Accessed January 04, 2018
    3. Gonzalez garay AG, Reveiz L, Velasco hidalgo L, Solis galicia C. Ambroxol for women at risk of preterm birth for preventing neonatal respiratory distress syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014;(10):CD009708 URL: Accessed January 04, 2018
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