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Free Radicals – Antioxidants

Free Radicals – Antioxidants

 

Free radicals are atoms or molecules with an odd
(unpaired) number of electrons. They can be formed when oxygen interacts with
certain molecules.

Free radicals are the natural byproducts of chemical
processes, such as metabolism.

Free radicals are waste
products
from various chemical reactions in the cells .

Substances that generate free radicals can be found in the foods we eat, medicines we take, air we breathe the water we drink, and substances such as  fried foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke.

Yet, free radicals are
essential to life
by its ability to turn
air and food into chemical
energy.
Free radicals are also a crucial part of the immune system, floating through the veins and attacking foreign invaders.

Excess Free Radicals cause oxidative
stress :  
symptoms include
fatigue, headaches, noise sensitivity, memory loss and brain fog, muscle and
joint pain, wrinkles and gray hair, hair loss  vision trouble (Cataract) and decreased
immunity. central nervous
system diseases,  dementias, cardiovascular disease due to clogged  arteries, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer, diabetes, and other genetic degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s
disease.

Antioxidants and free radicals:                                                            Antioxidants are chemicals that lessen or prevent the effects of free radicals. They donate an electron to free radicals, thereby reducing their reactivity. What makes antioxidants unique is that they can donate an electron without becoming reactive free radicals themselves.  Antioxidants can help to prevent the harmful effects of free radicals. Antioxidants can be found in berries, citrus fruits, soy products, and carrots, Vits ‘A’ ,’C’, ‘E’, Beta carotene, Lycopene & Zinc.        

Our body produces some antioxidants ( Glutothione ) on its own, but an insufficient amount.

 

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