Maintaining the Balance of Antioxidant Protection
Free Radicals - How They Damage Your Cells
Just as a piece of metal rusts or an apple turns brown when exposed
to air, The human body is vulnerable from contact with air. It's the downside
of being an oxygen breather.
If you could view the microscopic world of your body at the cellular level,
you'd witness your cells under attack from damaging molecules called free
radicals - the natural by-products of your own metabolism. Free radicals
are electrically charged molecules that attack your cells, tearing through
cellular membranes to react and and create havoc with the nucleic acids,
proteins, and enzymes inside. These attacks by free radicals, collectively
known as Oxidative Stress, are capable of causing cells to lose
their structure, function and can eventually destroy them.
Not only does our body normally produce them, but the air we breathe contains
free radicals in the form of toxins and pollution.
The Effects of Free Radical Damage
Can you feel the effect of free racial damage?
Not immediately. But unless you take the necessary steps to help counteract
the unrelenting attack from free radicals, you run the risk of allowing
cumulative damage to the important tissues of your nervous system, joints,
internal organs, and blood vessels.
Overall, free radicals have been implicated in the
development of at lease 50 diseases! A partial list includes arthritis
and other inflammatory diseases, kidney disease, cataracts, inflammatory
bower disease, colitis, lung dysfunction, pancreatitis, drug reactions,
skin lesions and aging, to mention only a few.
Heart disease and cancer are two of the most widespread
diseases associated with free radical damage. Heart disease is the leading
cause of death in America today, prematurely killing an estimated one in
three Americans. Several factors, such as high blood cholesterol levels,
hypertension, cigarette smoking, and diabetes, are chief culprits in the
promotion of heart disease but, more and more studies are linking low intakes
of dietary antioxidants to an increased risk of heart disease.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in
this country. It is estimated that deficient diet may account for as much
as 35% of all human cancers. The amount of antioxidant-rich fruits
and vegetables included in one's diet appears to have a significant impact
on cancer risk. Many scientific studies have reported that a reduction
i cancer risk is associated with a diet high in antioxidants.
Free radical damage has also been strongly associated
with the symptoms of chronic fatigue. In the human body, energy comes from
the mitochondria, commonly referred to as the energy power houses of cells.
the mitochondria can be thought of as an energy generator. Any of a variety
of factors which cause alterations or disruptions in the workings of the
mitochondria may contribute to symptoms of fatigue, muscle pain and energy
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia are both
often characterized y symptoms of increased fatigue - especially following
physical activity - sleep disturbances, morning stiffness, and widespread
deep muscle pain. Some scientists have suggested a relationship between
the dysfunction of the mitochondria and these conditions. It is estimated
that between three and six million people in the United States are affected
by fibromyalgia, with the majority of cases reported in women between 24
Piecing Together Balanced Free
Fortunately, free radical formation is controlled
by a complex network of beneficial compounds known as antioxidants.
Antioxidants are capable of stabilizing or deactivation free radicals
before they attack cells.
But providing proper antioxidant protection is a
challenge similar to putting a puzzle together. All the necessary
pieces must be available and properly combined to create comprehensive
and balanced protection.
To help you benefit from the antioxidant pieces needed
to protect your cells, I suggest that you eat a well-balanced diet rich
in fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and whole grains. Then, if necessary,
this should be supported with balanced, comprehensive, and excellent quality
antioxidant supplements. Fill out the following Oxidative Stress
Questionnaire to help determine whether you may be in need of extra protection.
To take the Oxidative Stress Questionnaire,
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