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Day 10: II. FEEL BETTER

EFFECTS OF OXIDANTS AND FREE RADICALS 

These  SUPERFOODS: organically grown fruits and vegetables, grass fed cow beef  and hormone-free poultry provide antioxidant molecules that fight free radicals in the body. ( A list of some of these commonly bought and grown foods are given in Days 15 to 30 of GIVARS EFFECT Month 4 )

Free radicals are compounds that can cause harm in the body if their levels become too high.   They are linked to multiple illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.  Free radicals come from our environment from air and water pollution, too much radiation from the sun and the basic chemical toxins that come from fertilizers and pestecides sprayed on food products.  

Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body.

THE SCIENCE

Free radicals can be defined as any molecular species capable of independent existence that contains an unpaired electron in an atomic orbital. Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons.  Electrons like to be in pairs so these atoms called free radicals scavenged the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair.  These causes damage to cells, proteins and DNA. 


Compiled and written by: Lourdes Hizon – Guevara

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