Our body is constantly under attacks by viruses, bacteria, and chemicals called free radicals.
- Are formed when your body turns food into energy
- Can be present in the food you eat and the air you breathe
- Can be generated by sunlight’s action on the skin and eyes
- Are highly linked to diseases and ageing
Free radicals are missing an electron and thus are highly unstable. They would go around stealing electrons from other cells. Damages are done in this way on your cells and genetic material.
We protect ourselves with antioxidants. Antioxidants have an electron to give to their specific targeted free radicals. However, some antioxidants like the Vitamin C, actually produces a free radical when it gives away its electron.