Antioxidants and Free Radicals

Your antioxidant capacity suggests your current level of protection against ‘free radicals’.

Oxidation is a natural process that occurs to all cells in nature, including the cells in our bodies.

Oxidation is what happens to an apple if you were to slice it in half and wait until began to turn brown.

Oxidation of the cells produce cell changes, just like it does with an apple. Just by breathing, exercising and breaking down food, a small amount of cells are damaged in the process and their molecules create these harmful free radicals.

Free radicals are unstable molecules, missing a critical electron. These molecules begin attacking cells trying to acquire their missing electron to become stable.

Free radicals tend to “injure” cells, damaging the DNA and resulting in cell mutations, which grow abnormally and begin to reproduce cells abnormally.

Every second millions of cells in your body die and a few million more are born, reproduced and replicates of previously existing cells.

In other words, cells with damaged DNA continue to replicate themselves, leading to health problems and disease such as cancer.

When free radicals steal an electron from a neighbouring molecule, they cause the affected molecule to also become a free radical.

I hope this better explains the necessity for a diet rich in antioxidants and the speed in which your body can be exposed to free radicals.

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