Herbal Information For You
Antioxidants help stop the effects of
aging. Antioxidants are molecules which attack free radicals. Free
radicals are unstable molecules with an unpaired electron. As they take
electrons from other molecules they damage normal cells. Damage caused by
free radicals is call oxidation. Oxidation has been linked to many
diseases including heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, arthritis,
cancer, cataracts, macular degeneration, immune suppression, Alzheimer's
and aging in general.
Free radicals occur naturally in the
body. Additional free radicals are generated in the body by stress,
environmental toxins, smoking, alcohol, anesthetics and radiation.
Antioxidants are also made naturally by
the body. Fruits and vegetables are a main source of antioxidants but
almost all herbs contain antioxidants as well. Some herbs, such as Oregano, are very
rich in antioxidants.
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