Anti aging guide

Effects of free radicals on aging



Free Radicals and Aging

What is the effects of free radicals on aging? One of the major contributors to aging is free radicals, due to the damage they do to the body’s cells. The reaction between free radicals and DNA is thought to contribute to many forms of cancer, and they may also be involved in promoting Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and many other illnesses. Free radicals are unstable molecules lacking electrons. They steal electrons from stable molecules, turning those molecules into free radicals and setting off a chain reaction. Normally the body copes with its free radicals through antioxidants which donate electrons to them. But free radicals increase with age and there could be millions of them by the time we’re fifty. Watch a piece of fruit when it’s cut and left out in the air – it appears to rust. That’s what happens to your cells without enough antioxidants. Although a healthy diet full of antioxidants and a strong immune system will repair most of the damage, what is left accumulates. So we need to take steps to prevent free radical invasion if we want to stop the body from aging rapidly.

Professor Denham Harman, from the University of Nebraska Medical School, gained international acclaim as the father of the free-radical theory of aging. ‘The chances are 99 per cent that free radicals are the basis for aging. These oxidants, produced by the body every time we turn glucose into energy, eventually kill us. If we take in more oxidants by smoking or living surrounded by toxins and consume few antioxidants, we will age even quicker.’

Toxins and Aging

Toxins can be poisonous, harmful, deadly, harmless or just aging because their presence encourages even more free-radical production. Although many medical experts don’t believe toxins exist, most anti-aging experts do. Like me, they consider anything that gets into the cells and causes an imbalance to be a toxin. Our bodies should be able to cope, but even the strongest system can be weakened by a constant toxic onslaught especially the adrenal and thyroid glands. We live in a fog of toxic chemicals, from herbicides and fungicides in our food to solvents in our homes and offices. From air pollution to pain killers, a toxin doesn’t necessarily have to be something ‘poisonous, just something we breathe in, ingest or touch that our body does not recognize as a `friend’. The more unnatural the component, the more unlikely it is to match our own molecules and the more cleansing work the cells have to do to keep you healthy and young.

The fight against much of your body’s free radical production will be won by the foods we eat. But for a really good kick-start have a look at these lists of what I call toxins and see how many are ruling your life and health. Some of them will surprise you. Some of them are impossible to live without, unless you go and live on top of a mountain on your own! However, most of them produce the free radicals that age us, or are extremely stressful to the body which also ages us – so they’re worth at least a read for the sake of your health and your skin!

Posted by Carol Hudgens - October 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm