How Are Antioxidants and Free Radicals Related? Part One

How Are Antioxidants and Free Radicals Related?  Part One

It seems scientists and researchers discover more links on a daily basis between our health and what we eat. It’s so important—especially when we consider the relationship between antioxidants and free radicals.

If we want to live longer, healthier and happier, then there are certain foods we’re going to want to eat regularly. But before we get into which foods to eat, it’s important to know what it is in food that benefits our health, and why.

Antioxidants and Free Radicals

You’ve probably heard of antioxidants before. These substances found in food help eliminate free radicals in the body. In order to understand the importance of antioxidants, though, we need to know the danger of free radicals.

Antioxidants and Free Radicals

Free radicals are natural bi-products and cannot be avoided altogether. Here’s the scientific explanation:

The creation of free radicals occurs during normal oxidization of particles in the body. A free radical is an atom or particle that has a charge (positive or negative) because of either an excess or deficient number of electrons. Free radicals course through the body in search of balance.

They achieve balance by adding or taking away electrons from other atoms in the body. When they do this, they end up damaging cells and tissues along the way. Worse yet, they create other free radicals in the process.

The more free radicals you have floating around your system, the more damage will be caused. Free radicals have been linked to some forms of cancer, and the damage they cause can expedite the aging process in the body.

There are things we can do to combat free radicals, and one of those things is eating foods that are antioxidant rich. Cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries rank highest among the fruits. Beans, artichokes, and Russet potatoes are the most antioxidant-rich vegetables.

In our next two parts of this series we’ll discuss more about free radicals and antioxidants, including how you can minimize damage.

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In 2002, Tammy Klinger, while on the job, saw someone collapse and rushed to help. Moments after exiting her vehicle, she began choking and her eyes and skin burned. Tammy had been chemically poisoned and given 5 years to live. Miraculously, she survived. Tammy has dedicated her life to sharing the knowledge and research that saved her life.