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Selling cells: Can nutrients unlock cell functions?

Sometimes, in the manner of the proverbial horse led to water, supplying the body with raw resources—antioxidants, vitamins, minerals—simply isn’t enough. Cells eschew what should be their sustenance, allowing precious antioxidants and minerals to pass through, unabsorbed. But by triggering specific cell functions, the body can be coaxed to produce its own (endogenous) antioxidants, ramp up immune cell production and activity, and generate bone and cartilage.

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