Free radicals are definitely of low popularity and everyone knows that it is something bad. But what is it really?
These molecules are “pirates” of the organism, every day tens of thousands are produced by every cell in our body and they attack any cell component located near.
Proteins, DNA, the delicate membrane that surrounds the cells receive continuous attack by free radicals.
They are blamed for most modern ills of human health, such as aging, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease etc. They are predominantly used in negative campaigns of different products, but their mechanism of action is not understood.
Actually, it is the price we pay for living in an environment with oxygen. It is the result of the oxygen reacting with several molecules of our body.
Many activities in the modern environment such as pollution, smoking, radiation, air travel, obesity, toxic foods, increase the production of free radicals and the possibility of damaging our body.
The damage caused by free radicals is an oxidation process, analogous to the oxidation of iron (rust), after contact with oxygen.
Free radicals are of course necessary in numerous metabolic processes taking place in the body. They serve in the immune system to kill germs, without them we could not dissolve and absorb food, as well as we could not control our muscles, or do some movements.
Free radicals are controlled with great accuracy in the cell and the body has mechanisms to prevent the damage they can cause.
But as we age, while increasingly blur the environment and our diet decreases the organization’s ability to control, free radicals get out of control and begin to “tear” the cells.
Lester Parker, a biochemist at the University of Berkeley in California, who studies the free radicals from the 70s, says: “Through the reactions caused by free radicals in our body, is like accepting a constant low dose of radiation continuously. They corrode us! “
As it is normal, the level of free radicals and the degree of damage, differs from person to person. Nowadays, it is possible to measure, by molecular biology tests, the degree of
oxidative stress (Oxidative Stress Analysis) i.e. the harm that has resulted from free radicals, and look at the response, or the inability of the body to manage.
A diet containing as little processed foods as possible, plenty of fresh vegetables helps greatly.
Indicative foods with high antioxidant index are:
In several cases it is necessary to cover the shortcomings by the administration of relevant vitamins, minerals and amino acids targeted and under medical supervision after the test (Analysis Oxidative Stress).
As our knowledge of the functioning of the human body at a molecular level increases, the evidence of an increasingly natural approach through diet and lifestyle multiply.
Problems arising from an unhealthy lifestyle can be corrected substantially only through changing of this lifestyle.
Start stepwise and introduce more natural choices in your life!
In very short time you will be surprised with the results!
Free radicals are definitely of low popularity and everyone knows that it is something bad. But what is it really? These molecules are "pirates" of the organism, every day tens of thousands are produced by every cell in our body and they attack any cell component located near.