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Free radicals and oxidative stress are the culprits behind many threats to our bodies. They are considered one of the main causes of aging and many diseases, such as atherosclerosis. Fortunately, we know how to combat them.
Free Radicals are molecules, atoms, or ions that contain a single electron on their outermost orbit. These free radicals are highly active in their quest for an electron to pair up with, and oxidise every compound they come in contact with, causing what is known as oxidative stress. Free radicals attack genetic material, lipids of cell walls, and polysaccharides – the building blocks of every cell in our bodies. Even worse, the reaction started by a free radical, sets off a domino effect, leading to serious imbalances in bodily functions. A cell with a damaged membrane is no longer capable of serving its metabolic functions, while damaged genetic codes lead to the formation of tumors. Free radicals are ubiquitous. They are formed as a result of ultraviolet radiation, certain drugs, and unhealthy trans-fatty acids in our diets. They are found in polluted air and cigarette smoke. Unfortunately, free radicals are even formed inside our own bodies as by-products of metabolic functions, such as breathing.
A natural defense – antioxidants.
Luckily, our bodies have developed defense mechanisms against destructive free radicals. Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize these molecules. Two examples that everyone knows are vitamin C and E, an effective duo in the fight against free radicals. Other effective antioxidants include rosemary acid, ferulic acid, and coenzyme Q10.
But antioxidants are not only hope against free radicals. Another protective system depends on compounds that act as enzymes, preventing the formation of the harmful molecules or rendering them inert.