The theory that aging is caused by free radicals is currently the best know in scientific and anti-aging communities. Free radicals are not only responsible for causing aging but are also implicated in all those nasty age-related diseases like arteriosclerosis, cataract, Alzheimer’s dementia, Parkinson’s disease and arthritis. Their production is stimulated by reckless smoking, environmental pollutions, unnoticeable radiation and an unsound diet. A few years ago, it was estimated that the genetic material inside each and every cell receives around 10,000 damaging hits by free radicals every single day. To prevent damage your bodies have developed a mop-up system of chemicals that help to destroy FR’s.
Several dietary antioxidants can boost the performance of the body’s own free radical scavengers, the ‘mop-up molecules’ which neutralize FR and therefore minimize the damage they cause. Examples of the most common and best known antioxidants are:
- vitamin E
- vitamin C
- beta carotene
Other free radical scavengers are less well know but equally effective we will cover these in more detail in a future blog post. These include:
- grapeseed extract
To reduce production of free radicals you should avoid taking iron supplements. Iron is important and should be taken upon medical advice! Several research projects have made scientist aware that too much iron in the blood can boost the effectiveness of the radicals, helping them to cause even more damage.