Oxidative Stress & Antioxidants
Free Radical Attacks & Oxidation Stress Speed up the Aging Process
Free radicals are unstable, highly reactive molecules that have unpaired electrons. They can be generated naturally
in our bodies by different metabolic activities, enzymatic reactions and exercise. These radicals are usually produced in a scale that the body’s natural antioxidants can handle.
In our day to day lives, we are exposed to free radicals produced by various other sources in the environment around us; for example – pollution, smoking, UV radiation from the sun and the consumption of alcohol. This constant exposure to such a toxic environment creates a significant imbalance between the body´s natural antioxidant capacity and its ability to neutrlize free radicals. The result is a damaging condition called “oxidative stress”.
One of the primary causes of human aging is oxidative stress caused by free radical attacks. They have harmful effects on lipids, proteins, DNA and can cause serious damage to the human body. Oxidative stress has
also been shown to contribute significantly to various inflammatory diseases.
Put simply, antioxidants are molecules that work against the oxidation of the cells. They are stable enough to offer electrons to free radicals and thus help neutralize them. They provide protection against the damaging effects of free radicals.
Astaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory known to science until this moment. Its power comes from its unique structure that allows it to quench free radicals in the inner and outer layer of the cell membrane unlike other antioxidants.