Win the war against free radicals!
IS YOUR HEALTH AT RISK?
Have you ever associated with any of the following?
•Exposure to air pollution
•Drinking alcohol (other than in moderation)
•Working with, or being exposed to: x-rays
chemicals or pesticides
•Spend a lot of time in the sun
•Smoking or being exposed to cigarette smoke
•Chronic illness or Genetic predisposition to certain diseases?
If you answered yes to any of these, you are a likely candidate for increased health risk.
What are free radicals ?
Oxidation is the process which causes an apple, when cut in half, to turn brown, iron to rust and your garden hose to deteriorate in the sun. Your body suffers from this same process.
Every time you take a breath of air (oxygen) the process begins, creating unstable oxygen molecules in your body which are described medically as Free Radicals.
Free Radicals are unstable, highly reactive compounds or molecular fragments.
Compounds consist of two or more elements held together by a chemical attraction called a “bond”. The bonding involves negatively charged parts of the atoms called “electrons.” The arrangement of the electrons determines the stability of the compound.
A stable compound has electrons that are in pairs. It’s like a buddy system. It is in a state lower energy as the electrons spin in opposite directions. In nature, all systems seek the lowest energy level. However, if an electron is not paired with another it becomes very reactive and unstable.
It seeks out another electron to pair with. In the process of grabbing a partner, a reaction between compounds occurs, and the other compounds can become a free radical and perpetuate the process.
One free radical can damage a million or more molecules by this
self -perpetuating process.
The process can be stopped by compounds called “free-radical scavengers.” Most antioxidants are good free-radical scavengers. OPC (proanthocyanidin) in its antioxidant role provides protection from the many diseases associated with free-radicals.
Today some fifty to sixty diseases are recognized as having free radicals involved in their causes or manifestation.
Free radicals can destroy cells by damaging their membranes. When the free radicals initiate the lipid peroxidation chain reaction, the excessive energy produced damages even the proteins in the membrane.
As a result, the membrane does not properly function to take nutrients into the cell and to remove waste (toxins), and so the cell cannot reproduce itself and dies due to starvation or drowning in waste products.
This type of damage accelerates the aging process as tissues lose their function due to a steadily decreasing number of cells.
Another way in which free-radicals decrease the number of healthy cells is by reacting with DNA in the cell interiors.
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is the genetic material that builds the enzymes that build the structure of the body.
When the DNA is damaged it may make mutated enzymes that may not be able to function, and the cells cannot be reproduced . Again, this would accelerate the aging process. Fortunately free radical activity is a normal occurrence and your body possess a host of free radical quenchers called antioxidants.
Unfortunately, there are not enough naturally occurring antioxidants in your system to do the job on their own, so your body looks for supplementation from the food you eat.
The greater the oxidative stress, the more antioxidants a person needs to add to his or her diet.
Smokers, for example, must take two to three times as much Vitamin C to achieve the same antioxidant blood level as non smokers.
The healthier your diet, the greater the source of antioxidants available for your body to draw on. Only you know how well you eat.
An article in the health magazine Well-Being states: “Organically grown food has been found to contain up to 80 percent more carotene, Vitamin A and Vitamin C (naturally occurring antioxidants)… plus much larger amounts of essential minerals than conventionally grown foods”
Dr Kenneth Cooper, in his book ” The Antioxidant Revolution,” talks about the benefits of antioxidants supplementation of betacarotene and Vitamin A and C.
He confirms vegetables are the primary source of these antioxidants, but also states they can lose up to 35 percent of the vitamin content from cooking.
Betacarotene and Vitamin C and E have been well documented as having excellent antioxidant activity. A study published on antioxidant supplementation by the University of Chicago explains the antioxidant Vitamin C is presumed to play a pivotal role in minimising the effects of free radicals.
Doctors have been astonished by a British Study’s conclusion that Vitamin E, when taken daily, had remarkable results with a group of patients. Led by Dr Nigel Brown of Northwick Park Hospital in London they published their findings in the medical journal ” The Lancet”.
Many studies have found the supplementation of antioxidants to be very beneficial for your health. Supplementation is not new and dates back many hundreds of years.
OPC may help the body’s defences with the following ailments;
•Cancer ( shown to inhibit tumor production)
•Blood vessels and circulation
•Brain cells ( as it readily crosses the blood brain barrier)
•Eyesight Degeneration and more…
OPC’s have proven to be safe.
The following is one Resveratrol-Super antioxidant supplement recommended by Colin and Jenni at HSD Wellness that is very powerful.
DONZ NATURAL OPC SUPER ANTI-OXIDANT
||OPC grape seed||55mg|
|Trace Mineral complex(OmniMin)||50mcg|