The Free Radical Problem
Each day we are exposed to free radicals—many of the physical effects we call aging are a result of free radical damage, and no matter how healthy you try to be, you receive free radical damage every single day.
When left unchecked, free radical damage to your cells accumulates and can lead to serious health concerns later in life. In fact, free radical damage can cause premature aging and is a large factor in the deterioration of health over time.
Free Radical Damage
A visual example of free radical damage is when you slice an apple and it turns brown. This natural process is called oxidation. As oxygen interacts with cells of any type – an apple slice – oxidation occurs.
Antioxidants are your first defense against free radicals—they freely share their electrons and
stop the degenerative chain reaction of free radicals. Our bodies naturally generate some
antioxidants, however new research shows additional sources of antioxidants may provide
added protection against a growing onslaught of free radical invaders.
Why should we be concerned about free radicals?
Free radicals are highly reactive, short lived molecules that can damage proteins, fats, and even DNA inside of our bodies. Every day our cells get about 75 thousand free radical hits to their DNA. Most of the damage can be repaired by repairing enzymes inside the body, but the little bit of damage that can’t be repaired accumulates over time and can add to the problems associated with the normal aging process.
What are Antioxidants?
There are many different kinds of antioxidants and they work together to help fight the harmful effects of free radicals. Our bodies produce some antioxidants and other important antioxidants are consumed in our diets. All of these antioxidants work together to form a powerful system to support good antioxidant health.
Antioxidants can actually capture or neutralize free radicals and therefore stop the chain reaction. One of the most powerful classes of antioxidants is carotenoids. Carotenoid antioxidants can help break the chain reactions of free radical damage. That’s why it’s important to get measured and know your Pharmanex® Antioxidant Score. After your initial measurement, you can take steps to raise your antioxidant levels by eating properly and by taking supplements.
By supplementing your diet with LifePak® and being scanned every 60 days, you will now be able to track your body’s antioxidant score and determine if LifePak® is helping to improve your antioxidant level.
“Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomised trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.” Journal of the American Medical Association, June, 2002