What’s A Free Radical And Why Should I Care?
The term “free radical” can sound confusing. What’s free? And why is it radical?
What you need to know is this: free radicals are unstable atoms that can damage your cells.
How Exactly Does A Free Radical Become Unstable?
It doesn’t take anything special—our day to day activities are enough. Luckily for us, our amazing bodies have natural defenses to fight against free radicals.
But sometimes these defenses aren’t enough. When we put increased demands on our bodies, whether it’s from stress, an unhealthy diet, a smoking habit, or even an intense workout regime, there can be more free radicals present in our bodies than our natural defenses can handle. And that’s when they can cause some damage through a process called “oxidation.”
Oxidation? Isn’t That With Metal?
You’re probably picturing a pipe red with rust. Well, the concept of oxidation in cells is actually very similar. Oxidation causes rust, which damages the metal. Oxidation also causes your cells—specifically your cell membranes—to become damaged. As a result, damaged cells can lead to a variety of health issues.
Wait—How Do Free Radicals Cause Health Issues?
Eventually the cell damage caused by oxidation can become permanent. Now, the damaged cell can’t function as it normally would. In some cases, the damage from free radicals may cause the cell to die.
Damaged or dead cells can lead to inflammation, disease, premature aging, heart disease, and other serious health issues.
What Do I Need To Do To Make Sure That Doesn’t Happen?
Simply put, you need a diet rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants do exactly what the word sounds like—they stabilize free radicals, keeping your cells from being damaged by oxidation.
But, here’s the thing, antioxidants such as vitamin E, C, and B-carotene aren’t made in the body. That means you can only get them through a healthy diet consisting of your daily recommended 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables.
I May Eat Well, But Can I Get Some Help?
Yes you can! That’s where multivitamins can come into play.
Let’s face it, most of us do not have a perfect diet (at least not all of the time!) And when our diets are lacking, our bodies are also short on antioxidants. Multivitamins get your body the antioxidants they need to keep up the fight against free radicals. Another option is a Vitapak® Program, which includes a clinically-proven multivitamin blend as well as other customized ingredients to help you reach your health and nutrition goals.
Even if you do eat right, life gets in the way. We all go through periods of increased stress, and environmental factors, such as pollution, are totally out of our control—both of which can cause free radicals to overwhelm our bodies’ natural defenses. Multivitamins have a key combination of antioxidants to help your body fight free radicals and the damage they cause.