One cigarette puts out one quadrillion free radicals. The average person right now is smoking the equivalent of 20 cigarettes per day without lighting up, thanks to the endless smoky days caused by fires.
Free radicals are molecules that damage your cells, and left to run rogue, they can create cancer cells.
Antioxidants stop free radicals by neutralizing them. Antioxidants include vitamins A, C, and E, minerals like zinc and selenium, and polyphenols such as alpha-logic acid, zeazanthin, catechins from green tea, azanthanin, CoQ10, and resveratrol.
Fruits and vegetables have antioxidants; however, in the last 80 years, the nutritional density of vitamins and minerals (antioxidants) in food has decreased by 50–90%. This leaves the body's antioxidant defense mechanism vulnerable to disease.
Think of a cut-open apple or banana that turns brown. This is caused by free radicals. Cover that apple and banana with antioxidants so the browning stops or is slowed down.
You can't stop breathing, but you can pump up the antioxidants in your body by ingesting them via supplements and food.
We can measure this in real time by putting your hand on an antioxidant scanner. In less than two minutes, you can have a reading.
This time of year, I see healthy people's antioxidant scores drop by 20–50%!
The average person who doesn't take any antioxidant supplements is at a huge disadvantage and vulnerable to the pillaging damage of free radicals.
Why should you care? Free radicals can cause cancer, macular degeneration, glaucoma, night blindness, heart disease, stroke, memory loss, Parkinson's, MS, atherosclerosis, diabetes, obesity, hair loss, and more.
So what can you do? First, get your antioxidant score. We have an antioxidant device in our office.
Then try a high-quality supplement. In 2 months, measure your antioxidant level again to see how you have improved. Keep track of your progress by getting periodic measurements. This will give you the feedback you need to see if your diet is on track to keep you away from the grip of disease.
Prevention is worth its weight in gold.