Today, from food consumption to face and body creams, we are bombarded with claims that antioxidants fight free radical damage. You may wonder what exactly you’re fighting and how…if so, you aren’t alone. Simply put, free radicals are loose electrons. Think back to chemistry, recall that molecules are made up of atoms, which contain protons, neutrons, and electrons. Damage to cells from environmental factors such as UV radiation or lifestyle choices like smoking disrupt the molecular configuration. Antioxidants are substances that help to protect cells from free radical damage. The protection comes from their interaction with the unstable molecules which basically neutralizes them and thus preventing cell damage. Vitamins A, C and E; green tea; lycopene; lutien; promegranate; and selenium, are all found in a variety of food sources and now available in over-the-counter skin care products. Also, recently coffee berry extra, the bright red fruit of the coffee bush is much richer and has the power to naturally prevent and repair skin damage caused by free radical exposure. Spin trap is the most powerful antioxidant known, milligram per milligram. It does not destroy the free radical (rogue oxygen), rather it traps it and escorts it back to the respiratory cycle where it is utilized in tissue respiration. Please note that the best way to prevent signs of aging is to protect yourself from sun damage.
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