Antioxidants Are The Cure To Free Radical Damage

Free radicals can occur naturally within the body during normal processes such as metabolism. The body is made to co-exist with a certain amount of free radicals. However, when the amount of free radicals created becomes excessive due to the sun's UV rays, pollution and other toxins, the damage to our bodies can be quite serious.

Free radicals are formed when a molecule loses one of its electrons. Since that molecule is now unstable it tries to rip away an electron from surrounding molecules to stabilize itself. This sets off a chain reaction among surrounding molecules. Though free radicals exist for only a short time they are able to damage the tissues, DNA and cell membranes of surrounding molecules. Cells that are damaged by free radicals quickly multiply, contributing to skin lesions, cancer, accelerated aging and more than 50 serious diseases.

For the last several years the public has been turning more and more to the beauty industry to stop free radical damage (aging) in its tracks, literally. A plethora of nerve paralyzers are on the market today. Whether it's a Botulism-related compound or other type of face paralyzer, the process is the same. A neuro- toxin is placed within the skin to smooth wrinkles by paralyzing the muscles below the surface of the skin.

However, the use of face paralyzers are counterintuitive because when muscles are paralyzed they become very weak, leading to increased loss of firmness, lines and wrinkles in the long run. Think of a person whose leg is in a cast for a few months. The cast prevents movement of the leg and so when the cast is removed that leg is much smaller and weaker than the other leg because with no use the leg muscles have become weaker.

To truly repair the skin antioxidants should be the first line of defense against free radicals because antioxidants have the ability to neutralize free radicals for healthier skin cells, slowing the effects of aging.

Antioxidants can be found most easily in fresh fruits and vegetables, so it is very important to incorporate them into your daily diet. Make every effort to eat organic fruits and vegetables as organic produce tends to be about 30% higher in antioxidants than conventional produce, according to a report by the Organic Center's Second State of Science Review.

Antioxidants can also be absorbed by the body when placed on the skin, in fact the body absorbs up to 60% of what's placed on the skin. For this reason it is very important to use skin care products which contain abundant antioxidants and natural, plant- based ingredients.

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