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Free Radicals and Cellular Damage

Recently we had a try out for a free radical and antioxidant blood level testing. We ran the blood test for everyone in the clinic including mine. My reading is below.



It is seen that my fort test is within range meaning I have adequate antioxidant levels and my fort test is low which means my free radical level is low. All that vitamins and minerals intake I've been taking all this while does help after all!



So, What are Free Radicals ?
Free radicals are by products of daily metabolism or from external sources ( pollution, cigarettes smoke,radiation and others).

What doesFree Radicals cause?
Accumulation of Free radicals in the body causes oxidative damage to cellular components ( lipids, proteins, and DNA structures), resulting in altered cellular function, compromised tissue and organ function, and ultimately diseases and death

What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants help neutralize the excess of free radicals, protect cells against their toxic effects and contribute to disease prevention.

The commonest cause of Free Radical accumulation nowadays is stress.

Stress & Fatigue - the modern life syndrome
Stress can affect our body, emotion, behaviour and all aspects of our life.
Fatigue is the state of feeling very tired, exhausted, or sleepy whereby a person does not feel energetic and refreshed after resting or sleeping
Chronic stress and fatigue disrupts nearly every system in our body. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke,contribute to infertility, and speed up the ageing process.
Multiple factors appear to promote the development of stress and fatigue.
Poor sleep, lack of activity and exercise, unhealthy diet and lack of vitamins and minerals especially Reduced B vitamins status, deficiency of vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, and other nutritional deficiency all have etiology relevance.

B group vitamins 
- support healthy nervous syTem and brain function
- improve energy metabolism
- critical to stress relieve, mood lifting and energy release

Vitamin D , Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium
- regulate muscle contraction and relaxation
- improve nerve transmission
- help fight fatigue and enhance good sleep

Vitamin C & E, Quercetin. Zinc
- Antioxidant protection
- Neuroprotective  effect
- Enhanced immunity and fight infections
        
ALA - the ideal Antioxidant
ALA is a potent antioxidant, both lipid soluble and water soluble, activity acts in membranes of the brain and nervous tissues, liver tissue and other cell types.
Studies have shown the effectiveness of ALA in reducing  symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
ALA has been found effective in protecting brain cells and slowing cognitive decline in patients with Alzeimer's disease.


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Unknown said…
This is such an informative post. You have a lot of really great points. I wish I had this post as a resource when I started blogging.
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