Anti-oxidants and free radicals and how they relate to anti-aging
The term anti-oxidant to the food chemist denotes chemicals that are used to retard food spoilage process. To a health practitioner it can also denote an anti spoilage agent.
Basically, anti oxidants refer to the activity inherent by numerous vitamins, minerals and other photochemical to serve as protection against the damaging effects of highly reactive molecules. These molecules are called free radicals.
These free radicals’ reactions and oxidative damages have been linked to the aging process. And many of the disease related to aging such as heart diseases and cancer.
These molecules are not inert. They are reactive and have the ability to combine with and damage many structures in the body. Cell membranes of virtually all cells and the very source of our genetic make up – the DNA are particularly susceptible to oxidative damage.
To successfully control the aging process, you need a lot of anti-oxidants, preferably through diets. Unfortunately this too cannot be guaranteed because they can only reach an average level in the blood.
Also, with environmental pollution, chemicals, stress and contaminated food- all these combine to ensure the difficulty of getting the right anti-oxidants you require.
What you should do?
Simple. Start taking nutritional supplements. Never has supplementing become a valuable natural form of combating this negative bombardment of free radicals to our system, than this point in time.
Anti-oxidant vitamins E, C and Beta Carotene (a form of vitamin A) have potential anti-aging promoting properties. Eating a variety of foods daily from all the basic food groups will achieve this.
And don’t fret about the type of food either. They are foods low in saturated fat and high in unsaturated fat. These are natural sources of vitamins.
Still want examples? How about cereals, fruits, fish, lean meat, etc? Again, these are synthetic nutritional anti-oxidants as well. Four of them – Vitamins C, and E, Beta Carotene and Selenium, are widely available and are relatively inexpensive.
But let’s face it; the aging process is irreversible because the body’s formation of unstable oxygen molecules (free radicals) is unavoidable. In fact, every cell in your body produces tens of thousands of them each day.
To make matters worse, we are exposed daily to these free radicals from cigarette smoke, to food contaminated with herbicides, etc.
It is really going to take a lot of work and discipline on your part to slow down aging. But it can be done!
Taking a high potency vitamin and a well-balanced anti-oxidant complex everyday can boost your overall health and resilience – making you live longer and healthier.
The above sentence is a critical factor in the anti aging process. But don’t forget either that this will come to naught if you are exposed to excessive cigarette smoke, environmental pollutants and ultra violet radiation from the sun.
Exposure to these elements causes an increase in the production of oxygen molecules, or what is better known as free radicals. These results in a situation called oxidative stress.
What’s the lesson from all this? Simply avoid foods with high saturated fatty acids.
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