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A guide to free radicals and avoiding an overflow
Our body is made of up of billions of cells with complex structures, forms and purposes. Depending on their structure they are able to communicate with other cells and perform specific functions that allow our body to function optimally.
There are some cells though, that are formed in adverse environments caused by factors like stress, pollution or other toxins that don’t fit anywhere in our body and try to force their way in. Meet the free radical, a bully cell that disrupts our healthy cells to fit in where it isn’t wanted.
So how are free radicals made?
When normal molecules develop or change, they never split to be unbalanced. Healthy molecules have an equal number of electrons, which are like the building blocks of a cell, which match up in perfect pairs. But when bonds are weakened by external factors like pollution or stress they split, and free radicals are formed. Free radicals are very unstable and react quickly, trying to capture the needed electron required to gain stability.
Generally, free radicals attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” an electron. When the “attacked” molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical itself, beginning a chain reaction. Once the process is started, it can cascade, finally resulting in the disruption of a living cell and an increasing flood of free radicals.
So how can you fight the free radical flood?
Keep your immune system strong
Keeping your vitamin C levels up will boost your immune system. A stronger immune system means you have more chance of defending the bonds between your cells from being weakened by all the toxins in our environment and becoming free radicals. It also means that existing free radicals have a harder time tearing into the bonds of existing molecules.
Top up on antioxidants
Antioxidants neutralise free radicals by donating one of their own electrons, ending the electron-“stealing” reaction. The antioxidant nutrients themselves don’t become free radicals by donating an electron because they are stable in either form. They act as scavengers, helping to prevent cell and tissue damage that could lead to cellular damage.
Is there a shortcut to boosting immune support?
Sadly there is no shortcut. The best way to keep your immune system healthy and your antioxidant levels up is to eat a balanced diet with plenty of nutrient rich fruits and vegetables. However you can include additional supplementation to help give your body the boost it needs to keep those pesky free radicals at bay.
Antioxidants are an essential part of our diet and important for maintaining health. A perfect example of a non-disruptive but supportive supplement is Mannatech’s AO product. Its powerful, advanced formula offers over 2 1⁄2 times more antioxidant protection than five servings of fruits and vegetables.
Research shows that one Ambrotose AO capsule twice daily increases the body’s oxidative stress protection by 37.4%*. Measured with a validated marker of blood serum oxidative stress, the results show that AO provides over twice the increase in oxidative stress protection achieved from eating an additional five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
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