What Are Free Radicals
Author: iHealth Date Posted:27 May 2014
Combatting the ageing process and reversing damage
What are free radicals?
Free radicals are a by-product of normal cell function. When cells create energy, they also produce unstable oxygen molecules. These molecules, called free radicals, have a missing electron. This electron makes the molecule highly unstable and they are highly dangerous left to their own devices. The free radical bonds to healthy molecules stealing their electron, thus making the healthy cell into a free radical. Normally the body is able to deal with this natural process when a variety of antioxidants are abundant in our daily diet. However due to today's lifestyles most of us are producing far too many free radicals for the normal body processes to cope with. Free radicals are produced in the body upon exposure to stress, cigarette smoke, alcohol, toxins found in personal care products, pesticides in foods, radiation from the sun, viruses, germs or fungi etc.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. Antioxidant nutrients are naturally found in a varied diet of unprocessed grains, vegetables and fruit. These antioxidant nutrients include vitamins A, C, E and several of the B vitamins, the minerals selenium, copper and zinc, bioflavonoids and various antioxidant enzymes. High concentrations of these antioxidant nutrients are found in wheat grass and barley grass, sprouts and dark green vegetables. Fruit is another good source of antioxidants the best being blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. The body uses antioxidants to soak up free radicals like sponges. If your body has plenty of antioxidants available, it can minimize the damage caused by free radicals.
Free radicals and disease?
When free radicals overcome our body's ability to neutralise them, they attack the body itself. As a result free radicals disturb the action of cellular DNA, which directs key cellular activities. Cells with damaged DNA stagnate and are prone to developing cancer and growths. This kind of damage also accelerates the aging process, directly causing wrinkles and age spots and severely taxing the immune system. Other diseases such as heart disease, atherosclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, inflammatory joint disease and degenerative eye disease to name a few are also attributed to free radicals. Different antioxidants work in different areas of the body, so the key is to eat as wide a range of antioxidants as possible. This means eating fruit and vegetables of different types and different colours and of course, adding a powerful antioxidant supplement. Antioxidant supplementation of our diet is needed to ensure a more healthy population. With depletion of soils, stress and environmental factors, it is nearly impossible to obtain enough antioxidants from food.
What's the answer?
Exciting new research conducted by the International Observatory of Oxidative Stress, Free Radicals and Antioxidant Systems (Parma, Italy) in conjunction with two other Italian research organisations concluded that Cellfood oxygen+nutrient Formula is an extremely potent antioxidant. Antioxidants are among our most powerful weapons in the fight against free radical damage-- a serious problem linked to aging and disease.
Cellfood now joins the ranks of other proven antioxidants like vitamin C, coenzyme Q10, and lipoic acid. But Cellfood stands apart in the sheer power of its antioxidant effects in the body. Researchers conducted three independent studies that measured the antioxidant potential of Cellfood compared to human blood plasma, the body's own weapon against free radicals. They found that with the introduction of Cellfood, the body's BAP (Biological Antioxidant Potential) measured almost thirty times higher than normal human blood plasma in its ability to fight free radicals.
"With its very high biological antioxidant potential, Cellfood is clearly a powerful antioxidant. It is able to reduce oxidative stress and is potentially useful in the prevention of premature biological aging," concluded Eugenio Luigi Iorio-- the lead scientist conducting the study.
Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, CNC, best-selling and six time book author adds: "Experts link free radical damage to premature aging, wrinkling, and chronic illnesses like heart disease, Alzheimer's, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and even cancer, so these study results show the tremendous promise of Cellfood as a powerful ally in the fight against free radicals."
Over the past few decades scientists have been adding an increasing number of health conditions to the list of those linked to free radical damage in the body, including: stroke, accelerated aging, heart disease, chronic inflammation, cataracts, diabetes, AIDS, cancer, and Alzheimer's. Free radicals can result from environmental chemicals, cigarette smoke, and other pollutants but are also produced internally as part of energy production in the body. Scientists concluded that Cellfood is among the most powerful antioxidants in the world. The studies also found Cellfood superior in it's ability to protect the body and detoxify it or modern pollutants.
The International Observatory of Oxidative Stress, Free Radicals and Antioxidant Systems conducted the research in conjunction with Diacron International srl, Research and Development Department (Grosseto, Italy) and Eurodream srl, Research Department (La Spezia, Italy).