What are Free Radicals?

When you examine your body all the way down to the cellular level, you will find atoms with electrons circling around a nucleus, or center. Healthy atoms always have electrons in pairs, each one holding either a positive or negative charge. A free radical is an atom or molecule that has become unstable due to the loss of one or more of its paired electrons. When one of these particles comes in contact with a stable atom, it will steal the electron it needs from the stable atom, or deposit its extra electron into the stable atom. This starts a domino- effect of free radical reactions, unless the free radicals can be neutralized by restoring the electron pairs.

Our bodies are bombarded daily by the damaging effects of free radicals that are created through normal metabolic functions. Dr. Bruce Ames of the University of California at Berkeley estimates that the DNA of each of our cells is attacked by free radicals over 10,000 times per day, and in addition to that is the polluted environment we inhabit, which increases the scale of the problem.

Uninterrupted, free radicals can wreak havoc with DNA, enzymes and cells. Many chronic conditions—including aging—are believed to result from accumulated damage caused by free radicals.

Fortunately, antioxidants have proven an effective weapon against them.

Antioxidants help neutralize the effects of free radicals, allowing the body to restore itself to the proper balance that leads to health and well-being.

Next Post I will be talking about how to neutralize Free Radicals!

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