The 37.2 trillion cells in the human body are under constant assault by oxidative stressors (free radicals) that “steal” electrons and damage cells, genetic structures and disrupt critical chemical reactions. Free radicals are formed when x-rays or sunlight particles slow down and “ionize” causing damage to organs, brain, eyes and skin. Cigarette smoke, air pollution, and trauma are well known causal agents, but free radicals are also formed as byproducts of food conversion to energy, metabolic waste from exercise and obtained from the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink.
Free radical damage to cells dramatically change how the cells dump waste or take in nutrients. Free radicals have unpaired electrons (electrons typically come in pairs) and these "unpaired" electrons make free radicals extremely reactive and can cause damage by attacking the components of our cells, tissue and even our DNA causing cancer and a host of other diseases. Once free radicals are formed, they can create more free radicals by scavenging electrons from other molecules creating a domino-like destructive effect on tissues and critical chemicals.
Antioxidants neutralize these free radicals by providing an extra electron needed to complete the pairing or by breaking down the free radical molecule rendering it harmless. Antioxidants, in addition to stopping the destructive chain reaction of free radical formation they also benefit our health by boosting our immune system. Antioxidants are used up in the process of free radical neutralization, therefore, a diet rich in antioxidants or appropriate supplementation is absolutely essential.for optimum health.
There is growing evidence that diets high in antioxidants confer protection against a long list of chronic diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and even HIV. In a recent study, the addition of a polyphenol-rich blueberry gel to the diet of oral cancer patients prevented recurrence of the cancer while another demonstrated that increased levels of dietary selenium in HIV-positive patients significantly delayed progression of the disease. It is well known that administering antioxidants locally in spinal cord injuries significantly reduced tissue damage caused by free radical cascading.
Blueberries, pomegranates, green tea, and dark chocolate are a few of the well know antioxidant-rich foods along with plant-derived polyphenols, found in colorful fruits and vegetables as well as the element selenium found in nuts and broccoli. Even The American Cancer Society recommends five serving of fruits and vegetables a day! A diet comprised of berries, green or red and orange vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, sweet or non-GMO potatoes, and legumes can supply all of the antioxidants normally needed.
Moderate to severely health challenged individuals, however, require nutrient supplementation such as Organic Greens and Reds Powder or individual potent antioxidants like R-Lipoic acid, N-Acetyl Cysteine, coenzyme Q10, polyphenols, flavonoids, selenium, manganese, vitamin C and beta-carotene. Almost every disease state is directly or indirectly caused or influenced by “free-radical” damage.
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