They may sound like some kind of extreme political movement, but when it comes to “free radicals” everyone can agree they need to be put away before they do any more harm to your health and cause you to age from the inside out.
When a good thing goes bad.
Produced as a normal part of your body’s metabolism, some free radicals are essential for dealing with viruses and bacteria. But too much of a good thing quickly leads to a bad outcome, creating a cascading chain reaction that can lead to inflammation and disrepair in your body.
So what is a free radical? It’s simply a molecule that is missing an electron. And since it doesn’t have one, it goes out and finds the closest molecule it can steal one from. Unfortunately, that starts a chain reaction of electron thievery that can disrupt and damage living cells. Over time that adds up which is why free radical damage accumulates with age.
Why you can’t go it alone when it comes to free radicals.
Free radical production happens every time we breathe, every time we eat, and even when you exercise. And your body can deal with some of it. Yet certain environmental factors ramp up free radical production to levels higher than your body can handle. Things like:
So how can your body handle the daily assault on its cells? Antioxidants.
The secret weapon that fights free radicals.
Antioxidants are the healthy compounds found in fruits, vegetables and herbs which helpfully donate an electron to the free radical, so it’s less radical. These donated electrons shut down the free radical chain reaction and allow your cells to get back to work.
Foods are even given an antioxidant rating, called ORAC, which stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Or in other words, how many free radicals it can fight. While this test does not capture the entire complex of phytonutrients present in food, a higher rating indicates the presence of nutrient-rich foods.
Antioxidant variety is the spice of life.
Some antioxidants you’ve probably heard of— like vitamin C or E— while others may sound unfamiliar, such as anthocyanins, polyphenols or carotenoids, each a class of antioxidants found in foods that have healthful properties as important as any vitamin.
Antioxidant-rich foods are linked to a host of benefits for heart health, bone health and immune support, with clinical studies published in prestigious journals, including:
Mother Nature knows best.
It’s important to note the health benefits observed have only happened in studies with food-based antioxidants. Single isolates (or synthetic supplements) have NOT delivered the same results, and in fact, have in some cases shown harm.
In reality, science has yet to replicate nature. Plants are filled with hundreds of natural compounds, many yet to be discovered or defined, all working together in harmony. Many supplement providers source isolated nutrients, typically derived from chemicals, not food.
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