Lines on your face? Skin feeling less taut? Plaque clogging your pipes?
Oxidation plays a role in all of these processes.
Oxidation is the chemical process that causes the metal on your car to rust or a fresh-cut apple to turn brown.
This same chemical process also happens within your body.
And while the effects are less visible immediately, oxidative stress can lead to DNA damage, cell mutation, accelerated aging and many forms of disease.
What Causes Oxidation?
The oxidation process is perfectly natural within your body. After all, oxygen is your primary metabolic fuel.
But this natural process causes damaging molecules to form, called free radicals. These rogue molecules are missing an electron, making them highly reactive with other molecules within the body.
As these molecules rob electrons from healthy cells, they can cause a cascading series of damage, like a line of dominos falling over.
That is why your body has mechanisms to neutralize these molecules and repair their damage. Free radicals are meant to be controlled by free radical scavengers known as antioxidants.
But if these antioxidants are in short supply, or if so many free radicals are formed that they overwhelm your body’s antioxidant defense system, cellular damage, accelerated aging and disease are the result.
Fight Oxidation With a Healthy Diet
Although it is impossible to escape the effects of oxidation, Mother Nature’s kitchen cabinet offers a cornucopia of antioxidant-rich foods and nutrients that help to combat free radicals.
Antioxidants including carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and a colorful array of phytonutrients help repair, prevent, or limit oxidative damage to our cells caused by free radicals. You can get more antioxidants by: