We can’t start the process of living a healthy lifestyle without the knowledge of the word, FREE RADICALS. These are what no… and I mean no human being on earth can run away from, so you understand what I mean by you have to have a knowledge of them. Well, I’m going to make the explanation as simple as possible for the common person

Free radicals always seek to complete themselves

Our mitochondria, which operate like little factories in our cells, are responsible for burning fuel from food and producing energy in each of our cells were, this process can cause what is called Oxidative stress, oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms, called free radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair. This causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA.

Freelance radicals can form in the body in a number of ways

  • Environmental exposure – Carcinogens like radiation from the sun, cigarette smoke, air and water pollution, pesticides and herbicides in the food we eat, asbestos and other nasties can cause free radical formation in our bodies.
  • Exercise – Well this is surprising because while consistent moderate exercise has many positive benefits, excessive exercise or inconsistent but vigorous exercise uses a high amount of the body’s oxygen store and as a result, generates excessive free radicals. So we have to make our exercises as consistent as possible.
  • Stress – Some chemicals created by mental stress can create free radicals.
  • Our bodies – Free radical molecules are a natural byproduct of cell metabolism.
  • Alcohol – Consumption of alcohol of any kind of any amount produces free radicals in the body.
  • Fat – Polyunsaturated fat like that found in vegetables oils is easily oxidized in the body and can create free radicals.

Oxidative stress can damage the body’s cells, leading to a range of diseases and causes symptoms of aging, such as wrinkles.

Various studies and theories have connected oxidative stress due to free radicals to:

  • central nervous system diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and other dementias cardiovascular disease due to clogged arteries
  • autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer cataracts and age-related vision decline
  • age-related changes in appearance, such as loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles, graying hair, hair loss, and changes in hair texture
  • diabetes genetic degenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s disease or Parkinson’s

How to fight free radicals

Antioxidants are proven to reduce free radicals

Remember, not all free radicals are bad, they help in break down of energy in the body and can also act as antibodies fighting foreign diseases in the body but accumulation of free radicals can cause problems and with our society today, they’re always accumulated.

Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. Although there are several enzyme systems within the body that disarm free radicals, the principal antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and selenium.

When these antioxidants neutralize free radicals by donating an electron particle they are left with a small problem. The antioxidants are now missing an electron and have become free radicals themselves. The body cannot manufacture these antioxidants, so they must be supplied in your diet.

I am going to explain the type of antioxidants and medicines you should take and introduce some of those types in upcoming posts.

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