Understanding Free Radicals

Free Radicals. These unstable molecules are the cause of cell damage, age related decline, wrinkles, grey hair and even illness. But what are they? And how can we stop them? In this article we will address these questions and get to the root of how we can prevent free radical damage within the body. 
Free radicals are created by the body in response to external issues such as smoking, UV rays, and air pollution. But they are also created in response to normal processes in cells. When the body is invaded by a virus or containment, the immune system creates a mini army of free radicals to destroy bacteria, viruses, and damaged body cells in one giant burst. Another everyday body process that creates free radicals is exercise. This happens as part of the reaction in creating all the beneficial results of exercise, such as insulin production. 

Although free radicals are naturally generated by the body, it is important to keep these pervasive molecules balanced. This can be achieved through antioxidants. Antioxidants are a defined as a compound that can counteract unstable molecules within the body. Free radicals are so destructive because they lack a full arrangement of electrons. They operate by traveling through the body and “stealing” electrons from other molecules which leaves those molecules compromised and damaged. Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals by volunteering some of their own electrons. This switch breaks the chain reaction and allows healthy molecules to remain stable. The human body has several powerful antioxidants it creates such as alpha lipoic acid and glutathione to help perform this process. But additional antioxidants are often needed, due to the amount and level of damage created by free radicals. Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E as well as minerals such as copper, zinc, and selenium serve as important free radical fighters in the body. 
With free radical damage being more and more apparent in today’s modern world, supplementation is more important than ever. Supplements such as Quercetin, ALCAR, Liposomal Glutathione and Astaxanthin are excellent places to start. 

ALCAR, also known as Acetyl L Carnitine, is a supplement commonly used for resistance training due to its ability to support exercise endurance and stamina. However, it is also a powerful amino acid created by the body, known for its key role in mitochondrial oxidation of long-chain fatty acids. Double Wood’s acetylated version of this vital compound allows for better absorption since it can cross the blood brain barrier which supports cognitive function. 

Similarly, Liposomal Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that can support brain health, liver function and immune system health. Glutathione itself is developed by the body in trace amounts. The added Liposomal component works together with the Glutathione to improve absorption by stopping the glutathione from being broken down by stomach acids. This allows the glutathione to enter the bloodstream and deliver its amazing benefits more effectively. 

Quercetin is a potent antioxidant that primarily supports the immune system among other benefits. Quercetin is found in many fruits and vegetables such as apples and onions and has been found to support healthy cholesterol levels. It can also help increase intracellular Zinc levels, which is another powerful antioxidant. 

Lastly, Astaxanthin is another highly potent antioxidant with over 6000 times the singlet oxygen quenching capacity of vitamin C. Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring red pigment found in high concentrations in algae and salmon, giving it its pink color. It has been found to support skin, gut, ocular and immune system health. 
A diet rich in antioxidants reduces the risk of many diseases and can help you look and feel younger. Add these supplements to your daily stack and see what they can do for you.