Are you aware there’s a big bout happening inside your body? This is a big, but silent bout. Free radicals vs antioxidants, and whoever wins dictates what will be the status of your health.
This is not to frighten you, but to aware you that you need to pay attention.
A lot of people neglect taking care of their health, especially the young ones. I noticed that while conducting a business opportunity seminar for a direct selling company marketing food supplements.
The seminar was divided into two parts: First part discussing health problems and solutions; the second part, about the income opportunity.
I noticed, there were few people interested about the health topics… but when the income opportunity seminar starts, the room gets filled with eager audiences.
THE SILENT KILLERS
Let me tell you this…
The dreaded diseases that you see killing people now, like Cancer, Leukemia, and other non-communicable but terminal illnesses, they started in the body way before they are diagnosed.
How did they start?
One probability of this is, through our cells.
Our cells are the tiniest part of our body, and it is composed of atoms or group of atoms bound together. With increasing interest in free radicals, maybe a lot of you are now familiar with this thing. But for the sake of the “first timers”, let me explain a bit…
Free radicals are atoms or a group of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons. These free moving electrons, usually interact with other molecules or substances in our body, to produce free radicals. Once formed, these highly reactive substances can start a chain reaction and often cause alteration of normal cells in our body.
Aren’t Cancer cells classified as “abnormal cells”?
So, you probably now have a slight idea how Cancer cells are formed.
THE CATALYSTS IN FORMING FREE RADICALS
Here we go…
When I was doing research and lecture about this thing, I was overwhelmed. Even though I am familiar with chemistry as my educational background is Pharmacy, free radicals were not discussed extensively in our subjects.
That aroused my desire to simplify the explanation.
Although it is always a struggle to simplify these things so that the masses can easily understand them and take action for themselves, I think we can only make it a bit easier to understand.
Free radicals are formed inside our body, they are not inhaled or injested.
What we intake, inhale, or injest… are the ones that catalyze the forming of free radicals. The body has a natural way of responding to toxins that are coming in, thus forming free radicals. Like for example, excessive exposure to pollution or chemicals can induce the body to produce high level of free radicals.
Add to that, emotional stress. It can also trigger the production of harmful free radicals.
ANTIOXIDANTS VS FREE RADICALS
Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before cells are damaged.
Naturally, our body has enzymes that scavenge or cleanse away free radicals. That is, if your body is still functioning at its best.
But what if it has been overwhelmed by damage and aging?
We must put up these defenses:
- The first defense is to eat plenty of antioxidants, flooding your bloodstream and hence your cells with neutralizers of free radicals. This includes the powerful big three antioxidants namely Vitamin E, beta carotene, and Vitamin C.
- Avoid foods that are easily oxidized—chemically altered by ubiquitous oxygen that generate free radicals inside your cells, wrecking them. Examples are corn oil, margarine, dried eggs, and many processed foods.
- Ingest food supplements, herbs, vitamins, and other constituents that indirectly stimulate enzymes that neutralize free radicals. One good example is Broccoli, it contains Sulforaphane, a natural chemical that stimulates mechanisms that vaporize specific free radicals.
Now that we are aware of what’s happening inside our body, the silent but deadly bout, it’s up for us to take action.
Yes, you can now hear stories of people fighting off Cancer and other dreaded diseases using therapies. But isn’t it prevention better than cure?
So, don’t wait til it’s late.
Starting today, avoid toxins and infuse yourself with food containing antioxidants, and if you can’t get enough of these antioxidants in food, take supplements.
Again. Prevention is better than cure.