Antioxidants – why do we need those?
The human body is composed of many different types of cells. Cells are composed of many different types of molecules. Molecules consist of one or more atoms of one or more elements joined by chemical bonds. It’s important to understand that we have billions of atoms in our bodies. Atoms have a stable number of electrons that kind of circle the nucleus.
Atoms often complete their outer shells by sharing electrons with other atoms. By sharing electrons, the atoms are bound together and satisfy the conditions of maximum stability for the molecule. When weak bonds split, free radicals are formed. Free radicals are very unstable and react quickly with other compounds, trying to capture the needed electron to gain stability. As they lose an electron, it will attach to tissue and create damage in the body. Excessive production of these harmful agents may destroy healthy cells and affect the cell aging process.
This is where antioxidants come in… if you have antioxidants present in the blood stream, the antioxidant gives up a free electron neutralizing the free radical and ending the electron-stealing chain reaction.
Free radical damage accumulates with age. It is important to add foods that are rich in antioxidants to your diet. The main sources of antioxidants are fresh fruit and vegetables. This is part of the reason we are now being urged to eat more of these. Click here to read more about antioxidants – the key to anti-aging?