How Do Antioxidants Work to Neutralize Free Radicals?

So how do you turn a free radical back into a harmless cell? You give it the extra electron it needs and where do you get your supply of extra electrons? Yes, you guessed it — from antioxidants!

Antioxidants have the ability to surrender electrons to these particles without adding to the chain reaction.  Each antioxidant has their own distinct role, and you want to get all the different types. Antioxidants are present in every cell in every organ of your body.  Because of this, antioxidant foods and supplements can address almost any health issue there is.  Different antioxidants also work in different parts of the cell, and in different organs.  For this reason, you can’t say that any one antioxidant is significantly more important than any other one — you need them all.

If you were building your dream home, you would want a team of experts to build it for example: – bricklayers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, landscapers, etc. in order to do the job.  Each person would have their specific job to do, and you would need all the different specialists to complete the job.

Antioxidants work in the same way you get better results with small amounts of all the antioxidants than you would get using very large amounts of just one.  Relying on just one particular antioxidant would be like building your home by yourself.  You couldn’t possibly have the experience and expertise to do all the jobs as well as a team of specialists could or as efficiently.  That’s why you want to get all the members of the antioxidant family in your diet.

Breaking it down, there are two basic types: Water Soluble and Fat Soluble.

If we look at the cell which is the foundation of our makeup you will find it has a lipid (fat) membrane surrounding it with a water based centre.  We know the cell is a lot more complicated than that however, if we supply the antioxidants that support these two types we are going to reach 99% of our requirements.

Solubility of Antioxidants

Not all antioxidants can scavenge free radicals located at different parts of the body.  Free radicals that are formed in the fat or lipid sections of the body are handled by the fat soluble antioxidants. Those that are formed in the watery or aqueous sections of the body are handled by the water soluble antioxidants.

Water soluble antioxidants

These are the antioxidants which can be found or can penetrate in the cytoplasm of a cell (intracellular) as well as outside the cell (extracellular).  The body cannot store water soluble antioxidants, unspent or excess of these are simply excreted from the body through the urine so a person cannot theoretically be overdosed.

Fat soluble antioxidants

As the name suggests, it blends with the fat or lipid portions of the body. Excess or unspent amounts of these antioxidants are stored in the body’s fat.  Both water and fat soluble antioxidants should be taken together to protect yourself from free radicals generated from fat or aquaeous portions of the body.  When taken together – vitamin A, C, and E – their potency becomes higher and more effective.

“There is a large body of evidence that shows that antioxidant nutrients protect us from the oxidative damage which is a major factor in the cause of many life-shortening diseases.” Richard Passwater, PhD.

 The Solution

We are going to look at some of the most powerful tested Antioxidants that have been fortified with Essential Oils from Young Living for maximum uptake by the body.  The First one is Ningxia Red which gives us our water soluble antioxidants.  The second one is made up of two products that supply our fat soluble antioxidants – OmegaGize 3 and Longevity.

Hope you found this article interesting, let me know what you think and until next time, enjoy your day!


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