You must be wondering what free radicals are and why are they so damaging to our bodies. Free radicals are associated with human disease, including cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and many others. They also may have a link to aging, which has been defined as a gradual accumulation of free-radical damage.
Free radicals, also known simply as radicals, are organic molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage, and possibly some diseases. These molecules are very unstable, therefore they look to bond with other molecules, destroying their health and further continuing the damaging process. Antioxidants, present in many foods, are molecules that prevent free radicals from harming healthy tissue.
According to Rice University, once free radicals are formed, a chain reaction can occur. The first free radical pulls an electron from a molecule, which destabilizes the molecule and turns it into a free radical. That molecule then takes an electron from another molecule, destabilizing it and tuning it into a free radical. This domino effect can eventually disrupt and damage the whole cell.
The free radical chain reaction may lead to broken cell membranes, which can alter what enters and exits the cell, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. The chain reaction may change the structure of a lipid, making it more likely to become trapped in an artery. The damaged molecules may mutate and grow tumors. Or, the cascading damage may change DNA code.
Oxidative stress occurs when there are too many free radicals and too much cellular damage. Oxidative stress is associated with damage of proteins, lipids and nucleic acids, according to an article in the Pharmacognosy Review. Several studies throughout the last few decades have suggested that oxidative stress plays a role in the development of many conditions, including macular degeneration, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, emphysema, alcoholism, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, ulcers and all inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis and lupus
Where do free radicals come from?
Internal sources are the processes of metabolic acidosis, triggered in the body due to prolonged stress and accumulation of persistent negative emotions.
External sources include nuclear radiation, X-rays and microwaves, toxic metals such as aluminum and cadmium in drinking water, iron (consumed too much), smog, chemical food additives, cigarette smoke, exhaust gases (especially lead compounds) and, perhaps the most significant, hydrogenated vegetable oils, ever-present in usual products such as margarine.
These artificial fats oxidize the moment they come into contact with air and continue this process inside the body, causing a chain of mutilation reactions on the molecular level, that damage cells and vital functions with a higher speed than that of the body’s defense capacity. All substances listed above produce free radicals when oxidized (combined with oxygen) and broken down.
Body's aging process
The role in the cells’ aging process is a hypothesis known as “oxidative stress”, that was defined in 1954 by the American professor Denham Harman. The basic principle of this hypothesis is that aging of the cells and body, as well as the associated degenerative diseases, are related to the erosion action of free radical, which attack body cells. Oxidative stress is known as a condition of oxidative damage resulting when the critical balance between free radical generation and antioxidant defenses is unfavorable. Oxidative stress, arising as a result of an imbalance between free radical production and antioxidant defenses, is associated with damage to a wide range of molecular species including lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids.
If we can limit the occurrence of free radicals and counteract the ones present in the body, we could live longer and be healthier.
In addition to the oxidation and as a „bonus” for the destruction of proteins or fatty acids, free radicals attack the cells’ DNA. Fortunately, certain agents produced by the body can repair DNA and counteract free radicals.
But if damages are not fully countered and if DNA’s repair is not complete, cells degrade and change their structure, which happens along with aging. As we age and as the body accumulates more attacks, the number of damaged cells will be greater.
Many of the most common diseases nowadays are related to cell degeneration
Wrinkles and skin aging: proteins that constitute the skin structure are attacked by free radicals, weakening that structure, thus leading to a less resistant skin.
Cataract: as skin proteins, eye lens’ proteins degrade by oxidation and the vision diminishes.
Heart attack: the fatty acids degraded by free radicals are deposited on the walls of blood vessels, leading to a poor blood circulation.
Cancer: repeated attacks on the DNA can destroy it and lead to distortions of cells, thus causing cancer.
You should know that the level of free radicals is related to the body’s metabolism. The metabolism defines the activity of the body, the number of calories ingested through eating, the number of calories used by the body, the number of heartbeats or breathing.
The higher the metabolism and more active the body, the greater the production of free radicals that accelerate aging. Under these circumstances, we actually have to find a way to balance. The extremes are always dangerous.
How do you know if you have oxidative stress?
Oxidation increases when we are physically and/or emotionally stressed. And as long as you have enough anti-oxidants, a careful balance is maintained and damage can be prevented.
Oxidative stress happens when the amount of free radicals exceeds the amount of antioxidants. That’s when oxidation damages our cells, proteins and our DNA (genes).
If you feel like you might be suffering from oxidative stress , here are a few signs you should look out for :
Memory loss and/or brain fog
Muscle and/or joint pain
Wrinkles and grey hair
Decreased eye sight
Headaches and sensitivity to noise
Susceptibility to infections
Oxidative stress has also been associated with numerous health conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, insomnia, cancer, and many more.
Antioxidants and free radicals
Antioxidants keep free radicals in check. Antioxidants are molecules in cells that prevent free radicals from taking electrons and causing damage. Antioxidants are able to give an electron to a free radical without becoming destabilized themselves, thus stopping the free radical chain reaction. "Antioxidants are natural substances whose job is to clean up free radicals. Just like fiber cleans up waste products in the intestines, antioxidants clean up the free radical waste in the cells," said Wright. Well-known antioxidants include beta-carotene and other carotenoids, lutein, resveratrol, vitamin C, vitamin E, lycopene and other phytonutrients.
Antioxidants also have a restoring function; antioxidant minerals such as copper, zinc, and selenium are integrated in the SO2Sport formula. The foods we eat daily do not provide the quantity and quality of antioxidants that our body requires. It is necessary to take additional supplements that are rich in antioxidants in order to ward off free radicals and other molecules that only put your life at risk. SO2Sport offers you a grat solution to this problem. The antioxidants contained in its colloidal liquid formula contribute to lower cholesterol levels and to the prevention of cardiac issues; it also helps to prevent cancer, circulatory and skin disorders.
SO2Sport helps our body's defense systems to chase down and neutralize dangerous free radicals, making them usable and beneficial for our body. This is accomplished through a process in which our body disassociates its water molecules and, coupled with the nutrients that are found in our colloidal liquid formula, new (nascent) oxygen is produced. The oxygen is produced gradually providing the cells with just the right amount required in order to function properly.
How can SO2Sport help you ward off free radicals?
Take the necessary precautions with SO2Sport to prevent an excess of free radicals in your body!
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