Free Radicals...The Destructive Force In Our Bodies
Free radicals (FR) are unstable and highly reactive molecules which cause oxidative damage in our bodies.
To illustrate the point, it's similar to leaving a lump of iron in a glass of water, eventually it will rust up, and that's exactly what
does to our bodies. These molecules are unstable because they are missing an electron.
So, to try and stabilise themselves, they steal electrons from any molecule that comes into contact with them. Quite a battle going on there!
Now our free-radical molecule is balanced, success all is ok.
Or is it?
Hmmmm, not quite!
You see, the molecule that has been robbed now mutates into a new free-radical.... and so the whole process begins again.
Fact...up to a 100,000 free-radical molecules can be created in our bodies within a few seconds (scary stuff)!
Oxidants play many normal roles in our body, it's only their overproduction (or failure of antioxidant defenses) that result in harmful oxidative stress (i.e disease).
New research has shown oxidative damage can be the trigger for a variety of serious and often deadly diseases including...
- Breast Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Parkinsons Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Alzheimers Disease
- Heart Disease and Strokes
- Macular Degeneration
The majority of
are probably caused by free-radical damage to key molecules and delicate genetic materials (DNA).
In fact, a lab that specialises in the science of antioxidants (so they know their stuff), Brunswick Laboratories, say that free-radicals have been linked to the development of at least 50 diseases including cancer, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, kidney disease, cataracts, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis and skin damage.
What Are The Long Term Risks of Free Radical Damage?
Fortunately our bodies are designed to cope with a certain amount of free radicals, nature has taken care of that. However, we are open to free-radicals from our environment through...
- Unhealthy Foods
- Excessive Amounts of Alcohol
- Cigarette Smoke
- UV Light
These all contribute enormously to the release of these FR molecules and this excess can result in extensive cell damage, which is potentially a disaster for our long-term health.
As a rule, diseases tend to be linked to the area where the free radical damage occurs. So, for example, in a joint it may cause arthritis, in the blood vessels it may cause hardening of the arteries (athercosclercosis) leading to heart disease. In the skin it may cause wrinkles..and if it occurs in the DNA of a cell, that's not good news at all, because that may cause cancer.
The million dollar question is, what can we do about it, or do we
have any control over free radical production?
our knights in shining armour, known affectionately as free-radical scavengers.
They seek the enemy out, generously donate the missing electrons, then they put the brakes on the damaging oxidative chain reaction.
There are many different types of free-radicals in the body, so a wide range of antioxidants are necessary to protect against them.
That is why we are encouraged to eat a rainbow!
The most powerful and dangerous of the free-radicals is called Superoxide. As we know, free-radicals need only one electron from a stable molecule to stabilise itself. But a greedy superoxide free radical requires as many as three electrons to balance itself.
Black seed oil,
apparently, acts as a potent free-radical scavenger of superoxide.
So now you understand and can clearly see how vital antioxidants are in controlling free-radicals.
Ask yourself, does your current diet consist of
food high in antioxidants?
If it does then brilliant, keep it up, but if not then you are lacking in those crucial, life saving antioxidants. A diet change is in order..and fast!
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