Antioxidant Versus The Dangers Of Free Radicals
In recent years there has been a lot of talk about free radicals and the health risks associated with them. But the typical person does not have a clear understanding of what free radicals really are and exactly how they can damage the body. Nor do they understand that we now know how to combat this problem. Back to Top of your health online page
Let’s begin with the broad statement that studies have indicated that oxygen free radicals are a causative factor in an ever-expanding range of degenerative health concerns. Perhaps the most talked about of these concerns include: heart disease, cancer, allergies, macular degeneration, arthritis, and premature aging.
It is important to note however that free radicals are sometimes created by the body’s immune system in an effort to neutralize viruses and bacteria, so obviously, they are not always bad. But most sources of free radicals are outside the body, including unhealthy foods, cigarette smoke, and excessive alcohol consumption.
Stress is another causative agent of free radicals. Exposure to sun and pollutants can also introduce the elements into the body. Antioxidants fight the oxidation (formation of further free radicals) process of the free radicals. But if there is an excessive amount of free radicals present the antioxidants may not be able to keep up.
When this happens the individual may not notice any signs or symptoms for quite some time, but eventually evidence of the problem will surface. He/she will begin experiencing signs of premature aging and/or symptoms of any of a number of diseases.
As mentioned, antioxidants help to protect the body from the free radical formation process. Additionally, antioxidants can aid in repairing damage already sustained by cells due to the free radicals and antioxidants help to support the immune system.
Antioxidants are present in many foods and nutritional supplements; see the following list:
Green leafy vegetables
There are many other foods that contain antioxidants but including foods from that list regularly is a healthy start. You know that free radicals can lead to early signs of aging. This can mean a lot of things, including early arthritis and other diseases commonly associated with the elderly, as well as aging of the skin.
It’s important for you to know that antioxidants are helpful in fighting wrinkles and other signs of aging skin. Nowadays you can find creams containing powerful antioxidants that not only help the skin retain moisture and therefore remain smoother and stronger, but they can actually reduce scars, stretch marks and wrinkles. Look for creams containing Vitamin E for reduction of scars, wrinkles and stretch marks.
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