|FREE RADICALS & OXIDATIVE STRESS
Free radicals have received a lot of publicity in recent years, because modern medical research has identiﬁed free radical damage as an underlying cause of premature aging and many chronic and degenerative diseases. Overall, free radicals have been implicated in the pathogenesis of many diseases such as asthma, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, parkinson's and Alzheimer’s disease.
What is "Oxidative Stress"?
Maybe we should call this "oxidation" and compare its action to that of an apple you cut in half. What do you notice? It turns brown.That is oxidation at work. Free radical damage causes the apple to start to decay. Inside the body, oxidative stress means that cell membranes get damaged and rusty, while internal cellular pieces like damaged DNA and other debris accumulate, affecting nearby cells. It’s like garbage that’s not taken away, so it builds up, leading to inflammation.
What causes "oxidative Stress"?
• Smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking prescription drugs.Explaining "Free Radicals"
Free radicals are molecules that are missing electrons. Since these compounds are “hungry” for electrons they “steal” them from other compounds, such as cell membranes, DNA or other cellular components. This destabilizes the tissues that have been robbed of electrons, causing them to also steal electrons perpetuating the damage. This process is also known as oxidation.
According to Steven Horne: The body uses controlled oxidation to burn carbohydrates, fats and proteins, releasing the energy stored in them for cellular functions. The body also uses oxidation to destroy invading microbes as part of the immune response. So, as long as oxidation is controlled, it is a useful part of the process of life. Free radicals, however, cause oxidation to spin out of control, thus damaging life.
Oxidative Stress = Accelerated Aging or Decline
Knowing this, it makes common sense, don't you think, to provide the body with key nutrients at the right times to fight oxidative stress and help the cells regenerate. Our modern day lifestyle conditions is an open door to oxidative stress and as a consequence to a decline in our optimum body functions.
Wrinkled skin, stiff joints and hardening of the arteries are general examples of what free radicals will do to us.
The damage caused by free radicals accelerates the aging process.
Other conditions that are closely linked to free radical activity include Crohn’s disease, Gallstones, Pancreatitis, Ulcerative colitis, Cataracts, Cancer, Cardiovascular disease, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Learning difficulties, Memory problems, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Emphysema, Male infertility, Hair loss, Skin problems, and possibly many other conditions.
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