The Beginner’s Guide To Free Radicals & How They Affect Us

A Simple Explanation On A Complex Aspect Of Our Bodies

Sooner or later, we all become self-aware and curious of our own bodies. We try to explore and learn as much as possible about how the human body works.

This has been the foundation of scientific advancement and medical enlightenment. But there comes a point where the discoveries become too complex, the terminology becomes too longwinded and difficult to comprehend.

Luckily, you don’t need to earn a degree in anatomy and specialize in any nutritional field to understand what and how free radicals work and how our consumption and production of antioxidants keeps you young and healthy.

All that information (and more!) can be found below

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The Baddies: Free Radicals

To explain to you about antioxidants I must first tell you about free radicals.  Free radicals (as well as being a nineties music group) are molecules in your body that can do a lot of damage.  We all encounter free radicals.  They can be formed in simple acts such as breathing and exercising.  Usually our bodies are equipped to handle them, but there are times when they can do a lot of harm; this happens when free radical production is excessive or when we don’t have enough antioxidants.

The Good Guys; Antioxidants

Antioxidants are our bodies heroes.  They defend it against damage from free radicals and they put a stop to the chain reaction before it causes us serious harm.  Antioxidants behave like peacekeepers, donating an electron to the free radical and therefore placating it.

This not only reduces our risk of degenerative diseases but also slows down the ageing process.  There are different types of antioxidants but the main types are vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene and selenium.  There are also flavonoids and polyphenols.

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