Free radicals are like unicorns – everyone talks about them, yet nobody’s ever seen one. The difference is that free radicals are known as “bad guys”, yet most people aren’t sure what they are or what they do. If you are one of those people, keep reading.
A free radical is an atom or molecule with an unpaired electron in their outer orbit.
So what? You may ask …
I know that being single is so in at the moment, however until somebody launches Tinder for electrons, these little buggers will be in an endless search for a missing electron to become balanced. Their mission is to try and steal an electron from your balanced cells thus leaving the chemical structure seriously damaged. They affect skin cells, the immune system, tissue and even DNA.
The largest sources of free radicals are processed food, smoking, sun, pollution, stress, and drugs. They are also produced by your own body when it’s not processing oxygen correctly – it’s called oxidation.
Free radicals are a big threat to our overall wellbeing. You can’t completely avoid their damage, but you can minimise it significantly … which I’ll be talking about next week!