Free Radicals and Antioxidants

FREE RADICALS: Destructive single electrons

Chemically, a free radical is a particle possessing an unpaired electron in its outer orbital. In nature, electrons prefer to be paired. If they are not paired they will steal electrons from whatever is close by. This process of stealing electrons is called oxidation. When free radicals are loosed in a cell, the unpaired electron begis to steal electrons from surrounding DNA molecules, proteins in the cell apparatus, and fats within the cell membrane. Basically free radicals act like electron machine guns shooting up your cells! Many forms of cancer are the result of reactions between free radicals and DNA, in which cause mutations that can adversely affect the cell cycle. Also, some of the symptoms of aging such as atherosclerosis (plaque formation in the arteries) are attributed to free radical-induced oxidation of many of the chemicals making up the body. Free radical cell destruction is the cause of many inflammatory, degenerative, and canerous conditions.

MEGAHYDRATE: THE KING OF ALL ANTIOXIDANTS

Megahyrdrate is a new antioxidant formula created by Dr Patrick Flanagan of phiScience which is ONE THOUSAND TIMES MORE POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANT than any other antioxidant.

WHAT CAUSES FREE RADICALS?
  1. Metabolism
  2. Inflammation
  3. Stress and worry
  4. Environmental toxins
  5. Radiation: Man made and the sun
  6. X-rays: Diagnostic and Therapeutic
  7. Low tissue magnesium

Free radical destruction of body cells IS THE CAUSE of degenerative disease.

ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants prevent our bodies from getting certain illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and even cancer. Superfoods, fruits and vegetables are packed with so many powerful antioxidants that are very useful for the human body. So how does an antioxidant work? Antioxidants that we eat or drink help remove these free radicals. They do this by attaching to these unpaired electrons on the outer ring of the free radical and removing them from the body. In essence, this ability of the antioxidants can lead to a healthier and cleaner body that is free from illnesses. Where do we find antioxidants? Superfoods, fruits and vegetables are packed with so many powerful antioxidants that are very useful for the human body.

ANTIOXIDANT REGENERATION

In the process of supplying electrons to a free radical, an antioxidant can become a free radical itself! This means that the antioxidant needs to be regenerated and it does this by borrowing an electron from another antioxidant. For example, vitamin C will regenerate vitamin E and vice versa. This is why our diets should supply fresh antioxidants, so that the renewal process can continue.

SPECIAL CONSTANT RENEWING ANTIOXIDANTS

Alpha-lipoic-acid can constantly renew the antioxidant status of other antioxidants without being renewed itself. Flavonoids in fruits, vegetables and herbs are very powerful and versatile free radical antioxidants, and can also renew the antioxidant status of several of the antioxidant vitamins like vitamin C and E.

HOW DOES THE BODY PROTECT FROM FREE RADICALS?

Neutralizing destructive free radicals is so important that the body has a unique and complicated system to protect it;

  1. vitamins, minerals, and flavonoid network
  2. antioxidant enzymes
  3. special antioxidant molecules
VITAMIN, MINERALS, AND FLAVONOIDS
  • Vitamin A
  • Beta-carotene
  • vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin K
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Manganese

There are over 40 carotenoids and 5,000 flavonoids from plants in the human diet that act as antioxidants, I have listed and explained these on their own respective pages: carotenoids and flavonoids.

For more and greater detailed information read:

“Health and Nutrition Secrets that can save your life” by Dr Russel L. Blaylock MD

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