Anti-Oxidants will help Prevent Cancer. Btw, what is an Anti-Oxidant?!

If you read about health you’ve likely seen the word anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants job in our bodies is to collect the free radicals and dispose of them.  Free radicals, including reactive oxygen species, are molecules with one or more unpaired electron. This seems counter intuitive to the average person because oxygen is usually a good thing when its carried from the lungs to every cell. This oxygen is different because it is a byproduct of our metabolic processes. So essentially, it’s part if the garbage of the body. These anti-oxidants are the garbage men that will collect the trash on a daily basis.

What causes oxidative stress in the body?

Oxidative stress is caused by unstable oxygen molecules. But what does that really do to the human body? It can damage cells, protein structures and even DNA (ie. oxidative damage). However, cells also produce antioxidants that neutralize these free radicals. In general, the body is able to maintain a balance between antioxidants and free radicals

Several factors contribute to oxidative stress and excess free radical production including:

  • diet
  • lifestyle
  • certain conditions
  • environmental factors such as pollution and radiation

Cells contain structures called mitochondria, which work as the cells powerhouse to produce energy in the form of something called ATP.

Mitochondria combine oxygen and glucose to produce carbon dioxide, water, and ATP. Free radicals arise as byproducts of this metabolic process.

What else causes oxidative stress?

External substances, such as cigarette smoke, pesticides, and ozone, can also cause the formation of free radicals in the body.

So, why is it important to eat anti-oxidants in our diet?

It’s important to eat foods high in anti-oxidants because they help the body neutralize these free radicals that the body can’t handle which protects the body from oxidative damage. Changes in DNA can lead to many different disease processes. Some chronic diseases oxidative stress can cause include cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Click here to see the list of foods high in anti-oxidants.

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Published by Dr. Jase

Thanks for visiting. More about me...I wanted to be a doctor as long as I can remember. My passion is and always will be to help people solve their health problems and inspire them to be better versions of themselves. I completed my undergrad at Michigan State University where I studied Physiology. It was there I shadowed in a local hospital, talked to scientists, counselors, medical doctors and chiropractors. After much consideration I attended Life University in Atlanta, GA. Prior to attending Life U I had never been to a chiropractor. All I knew is they help peoples' spines. Shortly after attending I received my first adjustments. Previously, it was ingrained in my head that pain was normal and to ignore it. As part of the process at Life U you are assigned a student intern that is learning to adjust people. Little did I know their learning experience on my spine would be my miracle. At 26, I've had constant shoulder pain since my days on the high school football team. I was 100 percent convinced I'd have to live with it forever. After being under care for a few weeks things started to change and shortly thereafter my pain was gone. Besides the knowledge in joint pain and spinal adjustments I became well-versed in other aspects of holistic care like diet, exercise, and other chronic disease processes that can be reversed via lifestyle. I love to teach and like to be creative so starting a blog, youtube channel and instagram profile check all my boxes for what makes me happy as a person. Other accolades: I became the go to chiropractor in the Atlanta area for athletes and families. The Atlanta Blaze MLL (professional lacrosse) team brought me on to be their team chiropractor. 2015 Nationally Qualifed NPC Men's Physique Competitor I also did some modeling and even acted in a few commercials for fun.

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