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What are Free Radicals and How do they Affect your Health?

Happened on 3 December 2010  | ( 0 ) Comments

We live in a world surrounded by free radicals. They are a natural part of life's systems. What are they? Well, they are unstable organic molecules with electrons missing. These unstable molecules are desperate to become stable, and as a result of this they steal electrons from other substances. The problem is that these substances now also become free radicals. This causes damaging substances to be produced. In small amounts they can be beneficial to us as they help to kill viruses, parasites and bacteria. However an excess of these free radicals can potentially damage healthy tissue and cells.

Excess free Radicals are one of the greatest threats to our health. They are found everywhere, in the food we eat and in the air we breathe, they even occur from every day activities. Some environmental factors can cause there to be excessive amounts in the body because free radicals are a by-product made from the body's detoxifying processes. These factors include smoking, pollution, exposure to X-rays, microwaved food, sunlight, alcohol, rancid oil, overly processed foods, and some food additives. These harmful chemicals are highly reactive and cause damage to whatever cell they come in contact with. Some Free Radicals even cause chain reactions that damage cells throughout the body until they are neutralized. It is estimated that each of our body`s three trillion cells come under attack ten-thousand times a day by free radicals.

These toxins have been linked to many major diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer`s disease, cataracts, wrinkles, and premature aging. If left unchecked free radicals continue doing damage until they are stopped. This is where antioxidants come in. Antioxidants (or Free Radical Scavengers) are vitamins and phytonutrients that neutralize harmful free radicals before they have a chance to do damage. Antioxidants come from the food we eat and the supplements we take.

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