What are Free Radicals?

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There has been much discussion in the skin care and health communities lately about free radicals, what they do and where they come from. Recently, studies have shown that cancer does not just randomly pop up in our bodies; it has a trigger and a cause. Free radicals have been named as one of the leading causes of cancer. But where do they come from? Are they really dangerous? And if they are, is there a way to combat the damage that they cause?

Where Do They Come From?

Free radicals enter our skin through a number of different sources. Sometimes they can occur naturally in the body, depending on what we eat and how often we exercise. Our cells naturally oxidize and die off, and as they do, they can leave behind free radicals.

Another source of free radicals is sun exposure. When we spend too much time in the sun, enough time that the UV waves can damage our skin, cells can become oxidized and begin pumping out free radicals. Even if you do not get a sunburn, you may still be experiencing free radical damage.

The third source of free radicals is environmental pollutants, like gasoline fumes and smog. When harmful chemicals come in contact with the skin, they can introduce free radicals. While a steady diet of fruits and vegetables can help fight off free radicals within the body, other measures must be taken to fight free radical damage on the skin. 

What Do They Do?

Free radicals are fast-moving and can easily go from one cell to another, causing serious damage, interrupting the body’s natural processes. Which can cause the cell will oxidize and die (for a comparison, consider how a cut apple will quickly turn brown when exposed to the air). They cause our bodies to age. If we are exposed to too many free radicals, allowing them to proliferate out of control, we can begin to age prematurely and at an accelerated rate.

How to Prevent Free Radical Damage

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Luckily, there are a number of ways that the body protects itself from free radical damage, as well as products that you can use that fight them. A healthy diet chocked-full of antioxidants is a great place to start. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables that are dark colored, natural, organic fruits and vegetables contain the highest levels of antioxidants.

There are also topical treatments that you can use to introduce antioxidants directly into the skin. Look for a product that cites them specifically or which contains fruit, tree, or vegetable extracts. Anti-aging serums with high concentrations of Vitamin C are beneficial. Powerful, naturally-derived ingredients from Amazon fruits like acai berry work well.

Our Super Defenses:

These powerful, naturally derived ingredients are your best defense against free radicals. They neutralize and stop free radicals in their tracks.
Alpha Lipoic Acid is one of the most beneficial nutritional supplements. Superoxide Dismutase, mainly from cantaloupe or melons, is another natural fighter. Spin Trap or PBN defends plus goes one step further and reuses them as oxygen in the body.