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What are Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress? A Balancing Act!

What are Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress? A Balancing Act!

There is lots of discussion about reducing oxidative stress, the importance of antioxidants to reduce free radicals.

But what does it mean on a biochemical level? And is it really all that simple? Is there some yin and yang in play?

Just like for anything else, there is a time and a place for everything, even free radicals have their necessary role in the human body.

For example, free radicals play a natural role in  heart health (as a pump), blood circulation and vascular tone. In addition, free radicals are naturally produced in the brain as part of neurotransmitter metabolism.

That is perhaps one reason why balance of oxidation is so important.

It’s a real challenge to maintain that balance of oxidation in today’s world with an overload of free radicals from the increasing number of chemicals — in our environment and food supply — and as we live longer.

And if our diets are not full of nutrient dense whole foods with lots of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, it may not be sufficiently loaded with antioxidants to create the necessary balance.

If you want to know more about free radicals and oxidative stress, read this article from Integrative Therapeutics by Holly Lucille, ND, RN and Corey Schuler, MS, DC, CNS. 

You may also be interested Clinical Glutathione, a nutrition supplement of the body’s master antioxidant.

 

 

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