very busy, very nasty little molecule called the free radical.”
The Free Radical Theory of Aging was published by Denman Harman in 1956. He
theorized that aging is a result of free radical damage of the cells of the body. This
is also called oxidative stress.
Today, a great deal of experimental evidence supports the premise that length of
life is determined by the crucial balance of antioxidants with free radicals in the
body. Oxidative stress is being shown to be at the root of disease and aging.
One example is that the life of the fruit fly was up to 30% longer when it was
genetically altered with an addition of enzymatic antioxidants. Not only that, but
the altered fruit flies also showed a reduced amount of age-related oxidative
Studies of humans have also shown evidence of free radical damage playing a
large part in human aging. One 1996 study compared markers of free radical
damage in the blood and found evidence of the highest oxidative damage
associated with the disabled elderly, an intermediate amount with the healthy
elderly, and the lowest levels with the healthy adults.
The study also found that higher blood levels of antioxidant Vitamins C and E were
associated with less disability, and signs of free radical damage were associated
with more disability.
We need to rethink our concept of aging. We accept disease, disability, senility,
wrinkles, and all the other many signs of aging as natural. Instead, we should view
this as ‘unsuccessful aging’ – ie., aging associated with deterioration, disease and
Successful aging is what happens when the human body is able to fight off
oxidative stress, and continue to regenerate and repair itself. Successful aging is
getting older healthily, without significant pathological conditions.
What the evidence is telling us is that it is crucial we take antioxidants and free
radicals very seriously if we want to ‘age gracefully’ and avoid the many pitfalls of
Even young people can be victims of unsuccessful aging, if they are not providing
their bodies with the necessary balance of having have enough dietary
antioxidants to fight off the free radicals.
In our modern culture, many of us are guilty of not getting adequate nutrition. It’s
ironic, when we are the richest we have ever been that we should be feeding our
bodies so poorly.
An interesting example of how a person can seriously damage their body with the
wrong diet was seen in the Documentary ‘Super Size Me’ by Morgan Spurlock who
ate only McDonald’s for a month. In just 30 days of having a junk food diet as his
sole source of nutrition, his health was spiraling downwards and out of control.
The fact that he gained 25 pounds in a month was the least of his worries. He
experienced a toxic liver, a significant increase in cholesterol, headaches,
depression, a lower sex drive and poor skin. He returned to normal after his
Unfortunately a great many of us continue to do damage to our bodies, by
smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee, eating junk food, and not eating our
vegetables. When the media began warning us of free radicals, many of us did not
understand the massive damage we were causing our bodies or how to prevent it,
especially as most of the signs of damage are invisible until it is too late.
Free radical damage is accumulative and spreads like wildfire over time. Do your
body a favor. Feed it a diet rich in antioxidant nutrition. Make it a habit, eat your
fruits and vegetables, take your vitamins, and try to stop or cut down on
damaging bad habits. You will thank yourself in 20 years.
Use antioxidants wisely to age successfully. Maybe like the fruit fly, you too can
live 30% longer.
About The Author
Carina MacInnes is a writer who offers a free e-course on how free radicals affect
our health, using antioxidants for healing and anti-aging, and the latest in
superfood nutrition. For her health she uses an antioxidant-packed superfood liquid
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How Are Antioxidants Linked to Anti-Aging?
by Carina MacInnes
Antioxidants have been widely
praised in the media. Many know
they are linked with anti-aging
properties. However this is not
new, it all began with one man’s
theory a half a century ago
about how free radicals were
associated with aging, and
science has been trying to catch
up with it ever since.
As Dr. Nicholas Perricone, M.D.,
states in his 2001 book, “The
Wrinkle Cure”: “When it comes
to aging, it’s not Father Time that’
s public enemy number 1. It’s the
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