Anti aging guide

Vitamin C to Fight Free Radical Damage



How Vitamin C can be used to Fight Free Radical Damage

The action of free radicals (unbalanced oxygen molecules containing an extra electron that are continuously looking for molecules to which they can attach and steal a matching electron) is essential for hormone synthesis, smooth-muscle tone, and the maintenance of a strong immune system as well as great-looking skin. When the problems of free radicals attack our human cell membranes, it inhibits our cells’ ability to protect themselves by not being able to reproduce.

The effects of too many free radicals include some of the better-known signs of aging – wrinkles, age spots, and poor skin quality. An abundance of free radicals may also lead to cataracts, heart disease, and even the development of certain kinds of cancer. Anti-aging researchers say that the answer can be found in chemicals known as antioxidants, which eat up excess free radicals. Vitamin C, taken as a supplement and also used topically on the skin can help protect against damage caused by free radicals.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 13, 2012 at 5:55 am