...(WHAT ARE FREE RADICALS)...contd...

 ...the cell walls of the vessels in the circulatory system. They accelerate aging and contribute to the development of many diseases, including cancer and heart  disease.
More damage occurs when the available supply of the body's antioxidants is insufficient to handle and neutralize free radicals.


SOURCES OF FREE RADICALS

Free radicals (oxidants) come from two major sources:

(a) Endogenous (within the body)

(b) Exogenous (outside of the body)


Endogenous (internal) free radicals are a result of  4 mechanisms. 

a) Normal metabolism of oxygen-requiring nutrients

Mitochondria the intracellular powerhouses which produce the universal energy molecule, adenosine triphosphate (ATP)—normally consume oxygen in this process and convert it to water. However, unwanted by-products—such as hydrogen peroxide and the hydroxyl radical—are inevitably produced, due to incomplete reduction of the oxygen molecule. 

b) White blood cells destroy parasites, bacteria and viruses by using oxidants such as nitric oxide, superoxide and hydrogen peroxide. 

Consequently, chronic infections result in prolonged phagocytic activity and increased exposure of body tissues to the oxidants.

c) Cellular components called Peroxisomes 

These oxidize fatty acids and other molecules to produce heat and hydrogen peroxide. Under certain conditions, some of the hydrogen peroxide escapes to wreak havoc into other compartments in the cell.

d) Cytochrome P450

This is an enzyme in the cells that is one of the body's primary defenses against toxic chemicals ingested with food. The induction of these enzymes to prevent damage by toxic foreign chemicals like drugs and pesticides also results in the production of oxidant by-products.

Exogenous (external) sources of free radicals include :

1.) Air pollution, of which industrial waste and cigarette smoke. Cigarette smoke, literally bristles with oxidants. 

2.) Radiation and trace metals, notably lead, mercury, iron and copper, are also major sources of free radical generation.

3.) Normal diets containing plant foods with large quantities of certain compounds such as phenols and even caffeine may contribute to the exogenous supply of oxidants to the body. 

4) Fried, smoked or barbecued foods.


FRIED FOODS AND FREE RADICALS

Over many years of consuming fried foods, our cells  accumulate toxic products for which they have not evolved efficient detoxifying mechanisms. These toxins interfere with our bodies' life chemistry. These cells degenerate and the damage manifests as degenerative diseases. Cooking all food in high heat destroys all enzymes in the foods. Frying food damages otherwise healthy oils and creates toxic compounds. The high temperature makes the oil oxidize so that instead of being good for us, it generates harmful, free radicals in the body. Frying also destroys the essential fats in food, and when consumed, the free radicals produced by frying can damage cells in the body, increasing the risk of cancer and heart disease and can cause premature aging. 

Fortunately, one approach to preventing free radical damage to cells is through the liberal supplementation of antioxidant nutrients like vitamins A, C and E, minerals like selenium, and nutritional antioxidant cofactors like lipoic acid. Another approach is to use chelating substances like chlorella and EDTA to remove free-radical promoting toxic heavy metals. 

 

SIMPLE  HEALTH  SELF-TESTING

Can we foresee cancer in the blood tests? No! Many people get  tested two or three times a year and boast to themselves that they are healthy. In a way, they are cheating themselves. There are very simple ways to know if you are healthy than don't require blood tests and doctor visits and these start with these simple considerations:  

If your cells are pure and clean you are really a healthy person. How do you know that?  

  

-You don't have bad breath even if you don’t brush your teeth for a few days. Your saliva also does not smell bad. Then you are very healthy. 

- You are able to bathe without body soap. Your body does not give off a smell even if you have not bathed for two or three days. Then you are very healthy.

- Your sweat does not stink. The clothes you wear, even if you wear them continuously for a few days, do not have a bad odor. That’s a healthy sign. 

- You urinate and the bathroom doesn't smell. The urine doesn't have a foul smell or a bad odor. Then you are totally healthy. 

- Your bowel movements do not give off a bad odor. It instead, smells like the food you ate. If that is the case, you are healthy.

Those who have a 'yes' on all the above five tests will be pleasantly surprised that their doctor visits will be fewer, if not none at all.
Those who have mostly 'no' on all the above tests should perhaps get back to basics. This  is what this website is all about. How do we get back to basics?...contd...

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