In conjunction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there is an insightful and well-documented account of antioxidants, free radicals and how they impact everyday health and our wellness. Antioxidants are natural molecules which support the health and integity of optimal cellular functions. They can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables. If the body is exposed to free radicals – unstable molecules, which may be from sources of toxicity or environmental pollution, this may lead to oxidative stress, which can impede optimal cell health. Oxidative stress may contibute to impaired health, such as cardiovascular disease, cognitive concerns and age-related macular degeneration.
The article, found in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), clearly explains what antioxidants and free radicals are, discusses the defense actions of well-known super-nutrients like glutathione and vitamin C, and how how antioxidants can help support preventative medicine or enhance physiological functions. It is an interesting read for those looking to learn more about functional foods, medicinal plants and natural, non-toxic antioxidants. The centre provides access to health and science-related papers to help further the understanding of fundamental molecular and genetic processes influencing health and disease.
Reference: Lobo V, Patil A, Phatak A, Chandra N. Free radicals, antioxidants and functional foods: Impact on human health. Pharmacogn Rev. 2010;4(8):118-26.
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