Fight Free Radical Damage With Antioxidants
by: Chester Ku-Lea
Antioxidants are a class of nutrients that protect the body from damage caused by
different factors, most importantly oxidative damage caused by substances called free
radicals. Free radicals are known as “reactive oxygen species”, or ROS. They are
produced when your body uses oxygen for energy. Just as fire emits smoke as a by-
product, ROS are emitted from the conversion of oxygen to energy in the human body,
eventually causing oxidative damage to body systems. Free radicals are also created
when the body is exposed to pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust and other harmful
environmental toxins.

There are different types of antioxidants, and most work better when paired with other
antioxidants. This is called synergism. Vitamins can be antioxidants, such as vitamins C
and E. The tripeptide glutathione, loosely classified as an amino acid, acts as an
antioxidant, along with other true amino acids such as methionine. The raw herbs and
vegetables we consume contain natural antioxidants called bioflavonoids and
carotenoids, which are effective antioxidants on their own, but are more effective when
synergistically combined with other antioxidants. Together these nutrients protect your
cells from electron robbery at the hands of larcenous free radicals, protecting the body
from disease and slowing the inevitable signs of aging.

Antioxidants are important supplements for everyone, but especially for those who
exercise on a regular basis. The rational is that exercise is a highly oxidative process and,
as a consequence, produces free radicals from aerobic metabolism. Antioxidant
compounds help alleviate this process.

• minimizes the damage from free radicals
• protects against cell damage
• may assist with prevention of debilitating diseases

About The Author

Chester Ku-Lea is a health nutrition consultant and is the owner of .
com - a provider of premium health nutrition and sports supplements.

This article was posted on April 11, 2006

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