Every person will eventually begin to feel the effects of oxidative stress on their body from free radicals attacking healthy cells.
Oxidative stress occurs when there are too many free radicals in the body.
WHAT ARE FREE RADICALS?
Free radicals are a byproduct of the energy production process inside cells in the body. To have some free radicals around is to be normal. But too many is a problem. These free radicals perform necessary functions in the body; they attack harmful microbes for the immune system and break down old cells in the body for clean-up functions.
However, free radicals have a hard time determining what cells are healthy.
They will attack mitochondria and DNA in those healthy cells.
Too many free radicals leads to the destruction of healthy cells and early aging.
Antioxidants can help manage healthy levels of free radicals in your body. Free radicals pluck electrons from your good cells causing cell break down.
An antioxidant will give up one of its electrons to shut down the free radical’s damaging activities.
In other words, an antioxidant provides a shield to your good cells so that they can continue to function normally, even when surrounded by damaging free radicals. But you must have enough of these shields!
HERBAL ANTIOXIDANTS TO FIGHT FREE RADICALS
Oxidative stress can lead to many chronic conditions and diseases including cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, inflammation, neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s) and diabetes.
What are some natural, herbal sources to help you fight off excess free radicals? Here are a few:
It has been a staple drink in Asia for thousands of years and has spread to all corners of the world.
Green tea is important for many herbal remedies that reduce symptoms of oxidative stress because of its antioxidant properties.
It has alkaloids, catechins and tannins that are vital to cellular health.
The antioxidants found in turmeric are polyphenols.
They are an effective tool for controlling free radicals along with turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric is an all-around great herbal addition to your wellness plan.
Also a type of polyphenol found most commonly in the skin of red grapes, peanuts, and many berries!
Increases immune cell activity and boosts cytokine production.
Studies have shown that it can interact with 2 of our human antioxidant-producing enzymes – superoxide dismutase and catalase
FIGHT OFF OXIDATIVE STRESS AND BOOST BRAIN FUNCTION
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