The Cause Of Disease
This might seem hard to believe . . . But,
we as humans don't actually age, we don't get sick and we don't get diseases - our cells do. Our body's health is dependent on our cell's health. So to slow down aging, limit sickness and prevent disease we must protect and properly feed our cells. If you were to put buttermilk in your car's gasoline tank - it would get a "disease" and stop working.
What are cells made of?
Cells (above) are made up of many atoms (right). When these atoms are healthy the cells replicate (make an exact copy) and keep the body young, well and disease free. What makes an atom healthy (right) is that it has "paired" electrons (yellow dots).
How do cells age, get sick and get diseases?
Atoms missing an electron (yellow dot) are not just "bad" - they actually destroy surrounding atoms by stealing their electrons. An atom missing an electron is called a Free Radical. Free Radicals alter or destroy cells. Cells that die, and cells that replicate in a damaged state are the cause or contribute to premature aging, sickness and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and many others.
THE SOLUTION IS ANTIOXIDANTS
Antioxidants have "extra" electrons (yellow dots) that they can give to free radicals, which eliminates their harmful effects.
Antioxidants are your bodies defense against destructive free radicals. Therefore they are your defense against aging, sickness and disease.
See how antioxidants neutralize free radicals and reduce your risk of disease.
WHAT IS HEART DISEASE?
There are several forms of heart disease, but heart disease primarily comes from the buildup of fatty deposits on the inner surface of the arteries. Eventually, these deposits block blood flow, leading to a heart attack or stroke.
HOW FREE RADICALS CAUSE AND/OR CONTRIBUTE TO HEART DISEASE.
Scientists now believe that it's not just the eating of fat that causes the buildup on the inner surface of the arteries, but those fats that have been damaged by free radicals. This is called "oxidized fat," which causes the fat to be more "sticky" therefore adhering to the inner artery walls more easily. This explains why smoking and stress are risk factors to heart disease - as are high fat consumption.
HOW ANTIOXIDANTS REDUCE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE.
By neutralizing the free radical, antioxidants limit the number of damaging free radicals in the body, thereby reducing the risk of the free radicals "oxidizing" (damaging or making stick) the fat.
"Don't underestimate the threat free radicals pose to our health. Scientists now believe that free radicals are causal factors in nearly every known disease, from heart disease to arthritis to cancer to cataracts. In fact, free radicals are a major culprit in the aging process itself. By controlling free radicals, antioxidants can make the difference between life and death, as well as influence how fast and how well we age."WHAT IS CANCER?There are many different forms of cancer, but basically all forms involve the abnormal growth of cells. Humans are made up of about 75 trillion cells that continually replicate themselves. Each cell has a set of genetic instructions in its center called DNA that controls cell growth, development and replication. When the DNA gets damaged, it can replicate an altered (damaged) cell - when/if this altered cell replicates itself . . . this can become cancer.
Lester Packer, Head of Packer Laboratories
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
University of California at Berkley
HOW FREE RADICALS CAUSE AND/OR CONTRIBUTE TO CANCER
It is proven that free radicals damage DNA. Most scientists believe it is free radical damage to the DNA that begins many forms of cancer.
HOW ANTIOXIDANTS REDUCE THE RISK OF CANCER
One of the most important roles antioxidants play in the body is to protect DNA from damage caused by free radicals. In addition, particular antioxidants can actually repair damaged DNA before it replicates - if antioxidants are there. the importance of maintaining proper antioxidant levels can not be over emphasized.
WHERE DO ANTIOXIDANTS COME FROM
Antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables. They are also found in other types of foods such as nuts, oils, beans, etc. Research studies suggest that organic foods have higher concentrations of antioxidants than processed foods grown with pesticides.
Antioxidants are also found in high quality vitamin supplements, which are recommended by the American Medical Association because most adults do not eat the right foods to properly feed their cells.
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Supplements also should include many types of antioxidants, combined properly. It is recommended that you click on the following links and read more about vitamins before you go out and purchase or take vitamins.
10 Vitamin Truths
Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements Rates Top Vitamins
Modern Theories of Aging
Here is a short news clip from Australia's "Today Tonight" program that talks about how to choose a multivitamin.