Free radicals and antioxidants are like the classic good guy/bad guy struggle.
Whereas the "bad guys" are destroying the cells in your body constantly.
Antioxidants are the "good guys" that protect you from the bad.
Think of the bad guys like sparks from a fireplace and your body is the furry throw rug in front of it.
When an ember jumps out of your fireplace and lands on your rug, it leaves a little burn-hole where it landed.
After a few years, that expensive rug is going to be looking pretty shabby.
Antioxidants are like the screen on the fireplace, they stop the bad guy before he can jump out of the fireplace and cause any damage.
That's why it's so important to balance your good guys and bad guys.
Think of all the symptoms you normally associate with aging, such as decreased mobility, mental function, aches and pains, wrinkles, etc.
Now think of any disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis, so and so forth.
Scientific studies now show that all of those symptoms we normally associate with aging, as well as just about every disease there is, are caused by the damage of those bad guys on your body.
It's absolutely impossible to avoid them, but where do they come from?
They come from:
* Sun, or any other type of radiation
* Pollution, including cigarette smoke, which is a major (ager) source of free radicals
* Food, in 2 ways:
a) the pesticides, chemicals and metals that are in our foods today and;
b) the digestion of fats makes a lot of free radicals
* Stress, both physical and mental.
So, as you can see, we can't possibly avoid them.
All we can do is make sure we have enough antioxidants to minimize the damage.
They are always in a constant power struggle.
What are some of natures' natural "anti-oxidants"?
We’ve been hearing a lot lately about oxidants, as well as anti-oxidants.
Can we win the fight against disease and aging?
I believe we can definitely take steps in that direction by getting more "good guys" into our bodies.
The most potent antioxidant of all is called glutathione (GSH).
Our body manufactures this enzyme, but our supplies can be enhanced by the food, vitamins and minerals we consume.
Vitamins-C, E, beta-carotene (which the body converts to vitamin-A), selenium and lycopene are used to make this important antioxidant and function as antioxidants themselves.
Certain herbs such as ginko biloba, green tea and grape seed extract are thought to have antioxidant properties as well.
More and more research is being conducted into the promising role of antioxidants in maintaining optimum health and combating disease.Tweet
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