Science has been studying the effects of antioxidants and free radicals on the aging process since 1957, and the results are promising! Research has concentrated on the idea that free radicals are responsible for age-related damage at both the cellular and tissue levels. It is believed that the creation of too many free radicals in our systems can overwhelm our natural antioxidant defenses and lead to oxidation and impaired cellular functions. What are free radicals? They are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons that can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. They are highly reactive and can cause serious damage when they react with different cellular components such as DNA, or cell membrane leading cells to function poorly or die. Free radicals are all around us and are especially plentiful in pollution, chemicals, pesticides, alcohol, and unhealthy food. Antioxidants neutralize harmful free radicals in your body. Fortunately, we have natural antioxidant defenses to protect our bodies from free radicals, however, our immune system loses power as we age.
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