Antioxidants – An Everyday Battle for Life
– it’s those radicals again
Free Radicals – the bad guys (mostly)
Free radicals are highly charged matter that can damage or even destroy mitochondrial DNA and cell membranes. Free radicals are usually oxygen molecules that have lost one of their electrons and therefore have what’s referred to as an unpaired electron. Atoms with unpaired electrons try to grab electrons from other atoms, thereby setting off chain reactions which cause damage.
Normal living produces many free radicals, they’re unavoidable. Free radicals are produced more often and become more active when we encounter polluted air, water and food.
When iron is exposed to free radicals, it oxidizes, we call it rust. A cut apple turns brown when it oxidizes. People age more quickly and become more susceptible to certain diseases when exposed to excessive free radicals. In recent years, free radicals have been linked to most diseases by thousands of scientific studies.
Antioxidants – the good guys (mostly)
Antioxidants help to protect your cells from the damage and aging caused by free radicals.
There are two groups of antioxidants
Primary Antioxidants – you make these guys
Primary antioxidants are your best defence, they’re about a hundred times more potent than secondary antioxidants. Primary antioxidants are produced by your body, remain in your body and protect your cells 24/7/365. Although you can consume primary antioxidants, they’re not absorbed, they’re digested. You can however consume precursors that will be absorbed and these precursors will help your body produce more primary antioxidants, resulting in a higher level; you want to keep your tank as full as possible. The best known primary antioxidants are:
- SOD (SuperOxide Dismutase)
Secondary Antioxidants – you consume these
Most people know the ACES (Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Selenium) but there are many more antioxidants. Secondary antioxidants are found in food or supplements. You need them every day.
Unfortunately, in this story, sooner or, hopefully, later the bad guys win; we inevitably die. The trick is to be the very best your genetics allow you to be, for as long as possible.
To quote Gandalf, in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
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– liquids are very well absorbed
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