Free radicals are created by oxidation. In excess they can accelerate your aging and create havoc for your health!
They are simple molecules with an electron missing. In an effort to become ‘whole’ again they seek out other chemical structures in our bodies from which they can steal an electron.
After they ‘acquire’ an electron the chemical structure/tissue from where they ‘stole’ that electron is left seriously damaged.
Free radicals in small and controlled quantities are OK and indeed are helpful in everyday metabolism. In fact, they are involved in normal reactions in the body. The problems start when the production of these free radicals increases and gets out of control.
Oxidation is unavoidable! So long as we breathe oxygen there will be oxidation in our body and thus the creation of free radicals will always occur.
In an ideal world with no pollution, perfect diet and no stress, the level of free radical activity would be ‘normal’ and would not be a serious problem. This would help us to live to a ripe old age as the Hunza’s and other isolated groups of people used to.
BUT…that is not the case! Instead, we are subjected to air pollution, second hand smoke, lack of nutrients in our diet, artificial radiation, toxins in food and we are constantly exposed to a wide range of toxic chemicals in our daily lives. (Even in our furniture)!
Collectively this is bad news for those of us living in the ‘civilized’ world.
There are three ways to minimize the damage from free radicals:
- Environmentally through avoiding pollution, radiation etc. This is almost impossible if you live in a highly populated area.
- Antioxidants to help support the body’s ability to eliminate excessive free radicals.
- How do antioxidants support the body’s ability to manage free radicals? In simple terms they voluntarily give one of their electrons to a free radical molecule. Antioxidants can do this without compromising themselves. It is nature’s way of keeping the oxidation process in check.
However, oxidation is a critical tool for nature. If it did not occur then nothing would degrade or decompose. The key is striking a balance…
Several decades ago free radicals were much less of a problem for two reasons:
- Our food was not processed and did not come from such nutrient poor soil. Our food was therefore much richer in nutrients and antioxidants. This is certainly not the case today.
- We were not exposed to the same level of pollution, radiation, toxins in food and chemicals in our everyday environment.
‘Experts’ who suggest that it is possible to get enough antioxidants from diet to control excess free radical activity are being quite unrealistic and not facing reality.
Today we face a double ‘whammy’. We are now exposed to free radicals at a rate which has never before been experienced by the human race, as well as the depletion of antioxidants from our food supply.
Examples of antioxidants…
There are literally hundreds of antioxidants, all with varying levels of potency. For example, the common vitamins A, C and E are all antioxidants, but they are quite weak. These vitamins are all necessary but they don’t hold a ‘candle’ to really potent antioxidants such as L-Glutathione.
The body can produce L-Glutathione provided that your internal systems are functioning well and your body has the right nutrients (precursors), but it is also important to supplement with L-Glutathione directly.
However, supplementation with L-Glutathione is not effective in most supplements for two reasons. One is that it has to be taken in the special ‘reduced’ form. This special, smaller molecular size is needed because the ‘normal’ L-Glutathione will not pass through the intestinal walls into the blood stream. This reduced form is a lot more expensive than the normal large molecule L-Glutathione, and few manufacturers use it.
The second reason is that it must be protected as it passes through the stomach before being released in the upper intestine. This is the only place that L-Glutathione (when taken orally) can be effective. This means that the supplement must be in the form of an enteric coated tablet so the L-Glutathione can be released in the upper intestine, for optimal absorption.
Total Balance uses both enteric coating technology AND the special reduced form of L-Glutathione.
In addition to the master antioxidant L-Glutathione, some of the other valuable antioxidants which we include in Xtend-Life products are:
- Grape skin and seed extracts
- Green tea extract
All of these and many other important nutrients are included in Total Balance…
Is the control of free radicals the way to avoid premature aging and degenerative diseases/conditions?
No, managing Free Radical activity is only one important component of achieving optimal wellness. There are other critical factors:
All versions of Total Balance
support these issues.