Our internal “rust-protection”
The whole world is talking about sustainability, but what about our body’s own recycling of valuable vitamins and minerals? After all, they are essential for supporting our immune system and fighting harmful free radicals. In our article you will learn more about the world of antioxidants and why active hydrogen is the secret star of these eager helpers.
Free radicals: friend or foe of antioxidants?
If you search the web for antioxidants, another term automatically pops up again and again: the so-called free radicals. It almost seems as if antioxidants and free radicals are symbiotically linked, and this impression is not deceiving, because the topic is strongly interconnected from a biochemical point of view. But let’s take it one step at a time! First, it is important to know what free radicals actually are.
The word already suggests it, because they are extremely aggressive oxygen-containing molecules that like to attack our cells and can make them non-functional. Since free radicals also lack an electron in their chemical structure, they are unfortunately also extremely unstable. Their goal? The aggressive search for a suitable electron in order to become complete again. And which target is not more tempting than intact molecules, e.g. of DNA proteins or of the cell membrane! This ruthlessness is not only very fast, but without consideration of losses, so that the stolen and so far intact molecule itself becomes a free radical… after all, it is now missing an electron. The result is a dangerous chain reaction that can cause immense damage to our body.
Reduce (Oxidative) Stress
If such an electron theft – also called oxidation – accumulates, oxidative stress inevitably develops in our body. The word already suggests it: Our body comes under fire and it can lead to many health problems. In addition to gray pale skin, weak veins and joint problems, reduced vision or high blood pressure can also be a sign of too many free radicals in the body. To prevent this from happening in the first place, antioxidants can help the body.
Not without reason they are also called radical scavengers, because these intelligent helpers can interrupt the nasty triggered chain reactions of free radicals, extremely effectively! After so much concentrated biochemical knowledge, the question now arises, where do you find antioxidants and how are free radicals formed?
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All about the antioxidants
These powerful antioxidants you should know about: Astaxanthin, glutathione, allicin, sulforaphane, pheno acids, lycopene, carotenoids, beta carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, flavonoids, anthocyanins, OPC , vitamin E and vitamin C as well as selenium, iron, zinc paired with enzymes.
Antioxidants – important protection for our cells
Antioxidants, how could it be otherwise, are mainly found in fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C, E, B2 as well as zinc, beta-carotene and selenium are certainly the best-known nutrient representatives when it comes to fighting free radicals. And the free radicals? These are caused by highly reactive oxygen compounds such as too much stress, nicotine, environmental toxins, UV radiation, drugs and poor nutrition. Now, of course, one can object that free radicals are not a recent phenomenon, but a millennia-long companion of humans and animals. So why is this topic so immensely important to us? Well, unlike our ancestors, our modern lifestyle unfortunately contributes to increased oxidative stress. Being constantly on call, high levels of exhaust pollution, a variety of medications, little exercise, unbalanced diets coupled with too few nutrients in our foods, all unfortunately encourage free radicals to act in a carefree manner
The ultimate antioxidant? Active hydrogen!
A balanced diet with many valuable antioxidants in the form of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements and secondary plant compounds is certainly an effective and important ally in the fight against oxidative stress. But there is another powerful radical scavenger: active hydrogen!
Basically, this is the secret “boss” among the antioxidants, because unlike the other helpers, it has a very special property: It has a surplus electron for neutralizing radicals. This means that it can give up its extra electron to the eager radicals in a completely relaxed manner, thus remaining intact and not becoming a free radical itself thanks to its clever molecular structure. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, however, active hydrogen also has a small drawback: it is extremely volatile and reactive, so it is often – even in fresh fruit, vegetables or fresh spring water – not sufficiently available to us. But don’t worry… we have a solution for you here, too!
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