Free radicals and oxidative damage explained
-Jul 14, Jenny Paul , Health -
It’s not just the obvious lifestyle factors like smoking and drinking alcohol that make us age faster. Stress and hormones being out of balance play their part, as well as factors like free radicals and pollution. We’ve taken a closer look at these and how we can help the body to slow the ageing process.
What are free radicals?
Free radicals are byproducts of processes in the body that require oxygen, such as respiration and energy production. Free radicals are also produced by our exposure to environmental stressors, such as pollution, UV light or radiation. Free radicals are highly unstable and reactive as they have an electron missing from their structure and try to scavenge one from other molecules, thus setting off dangerous and damaging chain reactions. So, oxidative damage is mainly the damage to a cell’s components and structure by free radicals.
The role antioxidants play in fighting free radicals
The body uses antioxidants to neutralise free radicals. Antioxidants transfer an electron to the free radicals, thus stabilising them ready for elimination.
Glutathione is the major antioxidant, produced in all of our cells, which performs the main critical function of neutralising free-radical attackers in a continual cycle, isolating heavy metals and repairing damaged DNA. Our glutathione levels fall with age and scientists are beginning to link many degenerative disease states to glutathione deficiency.
Taking lots of different antioxidants doesn’t translate to more anti ageing benefits
Most antioxidant supplements tend to offer infinitesimal quantities of as many different antioxidants as possible. Our approach has been to select the most effective antioxidants available and offer them in the right quantities large to give real results.
Which antioxidants are there in Lumity?
While the best-known antioxidants can be considered as single shots against free radical attack, L- Cysteine empowers and strengthens the glutathione system, the body’s heavily-armed antioxidant army, which, through its ability to recycle, is much more effective at overpowering free radical attack.
L-Cysteine’s role against free radicals
Taking Glutathione supplements is not worthwhile as glutathione is broken down in digestion and not absorbed. Conversely, L-Cysteine is a natural substance not found in adequate abundance in any food that, when taken as a supplement, directly and measurably replenishes glutathione concentrations in all of our cells, thus supporting glutathione’s unparalleled antioxidant action.
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