JWM Health Trivia: Processed Food Contains Free Radicals–True or False?
Wondering what free radicals are?
Healthy molecules have two paired electrons and free radicals are molecules missing one of their essential electrons. Because the atom needs this electron to survive, it will search for it at all costs. As it look for its missing piece, its attack other cells and try to steal their electron thereby damaging the other cell (once attacked, damaged cells become free radicals too). The damage effect then cascades as a multitude of molecules begin to suffer ultimately impairing the entire cell. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer and diabetes are linked to the over production of free radicals.
Some main causes of free radical formation include:Processed Food
- Environmental pollution
- Drugs (including prescription
- UV Light
Our metabolism is made to create a certain number of free radicals to fight bacteria and viruses. A few things thought to protect us against free radicals are:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
Guess what? A healthy diet with 5-8 serving a day of fruits can effectively help the formation of and damage done by free radicals.
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