Oxidative damage is what leads to our skin becoming wrinkly, to what leads to progressive plaque buildup in our arteries, and aging itself is progressive oxidative damage. This is why there’s a lot of people interested in antioxidants. This is why a lot of my patients take antioxidants to try to reduce that oxidative damage. But one topic that often fails to come to the center is people that smoke. Smoking itself increases oxidative damage, not just in the arteries of the heart, but also throughout our body. So if you’re a smoker and you want to prevent illness, particularly heart disease, you have to quit smoking. Otherwise doesn’t matter how much antioxidants you take. You’re still going to cause oxidative damage to your tissues.