What Are Free Radicals?
You've probably heard of the word 'free radicals' and never really understood what it means. Well, a free radical is a highly reactive, high energy molecules, which causes damage to many cell structures of your body such as DNA, proteins and lipids. This damage is described as oxidation.
Free radicals can be produced within the body by natural biological processes or introduced by environmental factors such as tobacco, industrial pollution, excessive sun exposure, and sub-optimal eating habits. Some of the diseases that are associated with free radical damage includes cancer, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic fatigue.
A good example of oxidation is seen when you cut an apple in half. The flesh is exposed to oxygen and starts to turn brown. A similar phenomenon occurs in our bodies where our cells are continuously exposed to free radical activity. In order to help our bodies resist the damaging effects of oxidation, we need substances known as anti-oxidants to limit this oxidation process and protect our health.
Where Do I Find Antioxidants?
Antioxidants can be found in fruits and vegetables. So make sure you eat several serves daily. You can also vary the types of produce to ensure you receive a wide spectrum of antioxidant compounds. You may like to include foods like nuts, seeds, avocado and extra virgin olive oil into your diet on a regular basis to provide vitamin E and other fat-soluble antioxidants. This will help protect the lipids in the cellular membranes from oxidation.
What Are ORAC Units And How Many Do We Need?
ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It is a standardised measurement of the total antioxidant power of a substance. Antioxidant power is the ability to neutralise oxygen free radicals. So, the more free radicals a substance can absorb, the higher its ORAC score. According to nutritionists, we are to consume around 5000 ORAC units per day to significantly impact antioxidant activity in our body, hence, reducing the damage caused by free radicals. So if you are not eating at least 7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, then your not getting the recommended amount of ORAC units to mop up the free radicals in your body.
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