Free Radicals Can Damage Your DNA

The Wizard of Oz Tin Man corroded due to oxidation.  Our bodies are also damaged because of oxidative stress, and it’ll take more than an oil can to fix it!

You know what oxidation can do to a piece of metal . . corrosion and rust!  Our bodies are under the same sort of stress.  Although oxygen is critical for life, it can produce damaging by-products during normal cellular metabolism.  These by-products are called free radicals

The oxidation process is a normal part of our metabolism, but it leaves behind free radicals, oxidized molecules that are deficient of electrons.  These molecules are unstable and agitated.  They stay unstable until they seize new electrons to replace the missing ones.  They wander through our bodies robbing electrons from our cells, even our most critical ones like electron-rich DNA.

When free radicals rob electrons away from our DNA it no longer functions properly.  DNA stores our genetic information and regulates the reproduction of all new cells, including the cells in our organs, heart, brain and other tissues which are vital to our health.

Uncontrolled, free radicals may cause more than 50 health problems including mutation of new cells; injury to vision; accelerated aging of skin, organs, and bones; damage to heart and blood vessels; damage to the nervous system and brain cells; enzyme malfunction; cancer; and a weak immune system.

Several things increase our metabolic activity and consequently increase our body’s production of free radicals:

  • Strenuous physical activity
  • Mental stress, depression, and recurring anxiety
  • Toxic industrial chemicals in in what we eat, drink,and breath,

We have in our blood streams 300 – 500 toxins, most that didn’t exist prior to the Second World War.  It doesn’t matter what section of the country we live in.  One researcher tested people around the U.S. and found that 100% of the people tested had 100% of the toxins tested for.

Our drinking water has been contaminated by agricultural fertilizer runoff, pharmaceutical drugs flushed down our commodes, and pollution from manufacturing facilities.

Perhaps the most reliable way to protect ourselves from free radical damage is eating foods high in antioxidants.  Antioxidants easily give away their electrons to “hungry” free radicals that are electron deficient.  Antioxidants either bind to the free radicals and change them into harmless compounds or by repairing cellular damage.

Antioxidants found in what we eat include vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and the carotenoids.  Our bodies can also produce antioxidants.  However, the antioxidant content of our modern diet has been seriously decreased due to soil depletion, “green harvesting”, and today’s farming techniques.  Any antioxidant nutrients in fruits and vegetables that survive our modern-day growth and harvesting methods then suffer due to the cooking, processing, preserving, and packaging common today.

Thus to ensure antioxidant protection it is essential that we consume foods high in antioxidants and to take a reliable antioxidant supplement in our daily diet.  This pdf document, A comparative list of antioxidants, shows the free radical protection provided by each of 91 different antioxidant products based on their ORACo value.  ORAC is an acronym for Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity.  The original ORAC assay was a measurement for only water-soluble antioxidant activity.  ORACo assays both fat and water-soluble antioxidant activity.

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