Furious Free Radicals and the Amazing Role of Antioxidants

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Did you know that aging starts as early as your twenties? The difference between your twenties and fifties is simply the speed of aging process. Do you know someone who’s in the fifties yet still looks miraculously youthful? How about someone who’s just twenty-something yet appears to have saggy and lackluster skin? Free radical damage is likely the culprit.

Free radicals are the unstable oxygen molecules naturally produced by the body. Free radicals are a result of various chemical reactions in the body. While their production occurs inside the body, they can also result from uva (sun damage), pollution, toxic chemicals, alcoholic beverages, and even unhealthy meals. Free radical damage contributes to advanced aging.

Free radicals threaten the body’s cells. They are unstable molecules that scavenge and attack healthy cells which is never good. If the free radicals are in abundance, then the cells are subjected to damage which in turn can fast track aging, damage tissues, and even result in diseases. Think of a peeled apple that has been untouched for a couple of minutes. From its crisp state, the fruit starts to oxidize and turn unpleasant. Now the good news…..there is a solution to ward off free radical damage –in the form of antioxidants.

Antioxidants are the good guys because they provide the body with ample oxygen molecules. If there’s a stable supply of these molecules, not only will the body’s defense mechanism strengthen but the free radicals will be deactivated. Antioxidants come in the form of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients which strengthen the enzymes that regenerate the body’s damaged DNA.

 

To protect against free radical damage utilizing antioxidants is a must. Some foods which are wonderful sources of antioxidants include kidney beans, blueberries, grapes, garlic, virgin olive oil, and even dark chocolate! Green tea are red tea (rooibos) are also rich sources of antioxidants. There are also many antioxidant supplements out in the market but it’s advisable to get as much from food sources as you can, and of course consult with your physician before taking anything.

Just as important to eating healthy and avoiding free radicals in the environment is your skincare regimen. The skin is the largest organ of the body and some 60% of ingredients can enter the bloodstream via the skin. Take precaution and utilize antioxidant rich skin care products that contain vitamin C from fruits and chemical free ingredients that do not contribute to free radical formation. After all, you only live once so why not make the most out of it instead of being sick and looking older then you have to!

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