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What’s to Dread About Free Radicals?

What are free radicals and how do they affect your health on a cellular level?


Gene Bruno

Aug 4, 2021

Trillions of cells are pulsing through your body, so as you can imagine, they are extremely small living organisms. Yet they are the foundation on which your health and wellbeing are built. Each has a designated function, one of which is converting nutrients into energy.

Your cells are made of an inconceivable number of molecules, which in turn are made of atoms that can be similar or different enough to cause a reaction. While cells are alive, molecules are not.  Molecules are happiest in a stable state. A strong bond of electrons forms the outer layer. What makes electrons strong is that they walk arm in arm, in sets of two. When you keep them happy, they are at their peak and ideal.

The free radical molecule is dreaded because it aims to break up electrons’ stability! It finds and clings to a weak link in the outer electron layer and pulls the loose electron off course. Beware the free radical as a threat to stable cellular health.

What makes the free radical a menace? There’s a Free Radical Theory on Aging (FRTA)+ that suggests oxidative free radicals can cause extensive cellular damage brought on by excessive oxidative stress. The reason why some molecules go radical is not completely understood.  Free radicals are harmful, out of control and a bad influence on our good cells. Like wannabe gang members,  they join forces with other bad-doers brought on by harmful lifestyle choices such as excessive smoking, alcohol consumption, fat intake and high exposure to UV rays, only to be further aggravated by environmental factors such as food preservatives, herbicides, pesticides, pollution and more. All of which trigger a free radical reaction.

Free Radicals are Harmful, Out Of Control and A Bad Influence On Our Good Cells.

How do you know free radicals have done your body damage? You’ll see outward evidence in wrinkles, flaccid skin, fluctuations in weight—especially weight gain, thinning hair and loss. And the list goes on. Don’t let those free radicals gang up on you.