Why are free radicals bad?
We all know without doubt that as human beings we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Thus oxygen is an important element in our life. Therefore it is only natural to believe that oxygen is good for us. However, do you know that this same oxygen when undergoes a chemical change will produce hungry molecular predators known as free radicals? These free radicals are widely known as harmful to the human body. Together we shall see why free radicals are bad!
Free Radical Scavengers
Everyday we are exposed to free radicals. The problem with this free radical is that it actually has a missing electron from its oxygen atom. So what it does is to ‘steal’ an electron from another molecule to replace its own needed electron. As a result, a new free radical is produced. This cannibalism goes on and on. For information, on any good day, there are hundreds of billions of free radicals attacking the healthy molecules in the cell of the human body.
Scientists have discovered that the major killers today, such as cancer, heart diseases, strokes, arthritis and many other diseases are caused by free radicals.
Have you ever wonder why the human skin wrinkles? Well, this is also attributed to free radicals. Other ‘mischieves’ of the free radicals include iron rusting, fuel burning and also oil going rancid.
How to Stop Free Radicals
But don’t despair! There is always solution to every problem. As far as these free radicals are concerned, they can be controlled. The chemical change that triggers the formation of free radicals are usually caused by stress, pollution, smoking, pesticides and radiation. Therefore, by controlling our exposure to these elements, these damaging free radicals are at the same time controlled.
However, this is a delicate process because free radicals are highly reactive and can be produced by low levels of radiation, by the metabolism of the fats in the human body and by the exposure to chemical toxins and stress. Free radicals can also be very damaging to other molecules because they attack the other molecules, damaging DNA, cell membranes and other cell structures.
Besides that, free radicals are highly corrosive and can render cellular biochemistry useless. The activation of the dormant cancer cells that wreak havoc on the human body is also believed to be the work of free radicals.
Free Radical & Ageing
Moreover, free radicals when combined with oxygen can form peroxides and unsaturated fats that lead to the damaging of cells and their protective membrane. This prolonged damage resulted in age spots, wrinkled tissue, organ injuries, inflammations, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, strokes, weakened brain neurotransmitter and injured blood vessels. These are all signs and symptoms of old age.
But however delicate a process is, we have the choice to live healthy and enjoy wellness!
So, lets do our part and curb that free radicals. Do not let them build their kingdom in our body. The choice is ours. Why let these bad free radicals destroy us?
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