The Process Of Oxidation
Although many people will still get that glassy stare if you bring up free radicals, many are becoming more and more aware of the effects of free radicals. The process of oxidation occurs when something reacts with oxygen. What happens is that the oxygen molecules have lost an electron. A perfect example of this is rust. When moisture meets iron, oxidation occurs that causes the metal to rust. In the body when the process of oxidation occurs, the now unstable oxygen molecules become free radicals and try to take electrons from healthy molecules which create more free radicals.
Every breath we take generates more of these free radicals that try to heal themselves thus damaging more healthy cells creating a difficult catch-22 situation. Many researchers are coming to believe that excess free radicals contribute to many major illnesses and even the aging process. Unfortunately, these free radicals are a natural occurrence that can not be stopped.
Free Radicals And Cancer Cells
The effects of free radicals will vary depending on what areas of the body may already be weak due to other reasons. Of course, one of the main concerns regarding these free radicals is the change that they produce on the cells which is eventually going to lead to cancer cells developing. Excess free radicals contribute to hardening of the arteries, cardiovascular disease, DNA damage, macular degeneration, aging, arthritis, digestive diseases and possibly Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimers.
So, how do you fight these naturally occurring dangers and cancer cells developing? First, do not smoke and avoid cigarette smoke and other forms of pollution as much as possible. Make sure your diet includes a high amount of fruits and vegetables. By adding these powerful natural foods to your diet, you can greatly reduce your risks of developing cancer and other conditions. Plant based foods contain an abundance of antioxidants that fight free radicals. Increased amounts of vitamin C and vitamin E also helps to protect against excess free radicals.
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