A Rice University Study stated: Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed, these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominoes. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged.
Each and every day your body is exposed to free radicals caused by pollution, preservatives, heavy metals, UV radiation, and stress, causing cell damage that can have devastating effects. . Are you protected from…?
- Environmental Causes of Free Radicals
- Daily Stress – Emotional and Physical
- Ozone Depletion
- Air Pollutants
- Cigarette Smoking
- Radiation (Including UV Sunrays)
- Industrial Chemicals
- Processed and Fried Foods
- Drugs – Recreational and Prescription
For instance, Did you know smog can hurt your lungs on a molecular level? Smog is made up of ozone, which is an invisible gas and well-known air pollutant made up of three oxygen atoms. Ozone is also the pollutant that leaves a distinctive smell in the air according to Science World Report,
Free radicals can unleash fury and cause many chemical transformations. If they get out of control, they can just chew through a system and destroy it. For example, free radical damage is thought to play a key role in heart disease and some cancers.”
“We observed that the cysteine became ‘radicalized’ in the presence of ozone,” said Richard O’Hair, one of the researchers, in a news release.For example, when free radicals are formed in the body, such as in the lining of the lung, damage occurs. This may ultimately result in inflammation and breathing difficulties.
Taking an antioxidant supplement may prevent against free radical damage. Nothing can replace a balance diet for your intake of antioxidant nutrients of 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.