The presence of anti-oxidants is what significantly slows the cellular damage that comes from “free radical” activity.

What does this mean?

Here’s a quick science lesson.

  • Free radicals are electrons of the outer shell of an atom that have become unstable because the outer shell doesn’t have the correct number of electrons in it anymore.
  • Atoms that are unstable will steal an electron from another atom, which in turn will cause that atom to steal an electron from another atom, and so on.
  • This cascade can damage and even kill cells.
  • Normal cells all have some degree of this free radical activity, simply as a result of living and aging.

The body can usually manage the amount of cellular “clean up” involved with the normal free radical activity of the cell. But add in stress, toxin exposure, un-careful eating and resting habits, and the free radical activity increases, putting a load on the cellular detoxification capacity, leading to inflammation, and potentially to ill health of the tissue.

Anti-oxidants, like vitamins A, D, E, and glutathione donate one of their own electrons to an unstable atom, thus stopping the cascade of damage to the cell as a whole. The donation of the electron does not destabilize the anti-oxidant molecule.

Certain individuals are more susceptible to inflammation and free radical damage or “oxidative stress” that ensues.

People who are more prone to inflammation include:

  1. Those with a very common problem called methylation differences (also called MTHFR defects) which means they do not detoxify fully on the cellular level, and they process certain vitamins differently
  2. Those with electromagnetic sensitivity. Electromagnetic radiation is a carcinogen (says the World Health Organization)
  3. Those who have been exposed to toxins like pesticides, cigarette smoke, and alcohol (to any significant degree)
  4. People with autoimmune conditions
  5. Older people
  6. People with circulation problems or a sedentary lifestyle may be affected to a greater degree, as well.

Anti-oxidant vitamins basically put a stop to the free-radical cascade in the cell, preserving the health and life of that cell. The cumulative effect of enough anti-oxidants can really make a difference. If you use vanity as a reflection of the health of your body, you can see the difference in the skin that has been regularly treated with anti-oxidants, topically. Internally, anti-oxidants preserve the organs, tissues and joints.

Anti-oxidants have anti-inflammatory effects and immune system enhancing effects. For three-pronged benefits, The Better Back and Body Shop recommends:

Vitamin D:

Apex Energetics Liqua-D gives 2000 IU of vitamin D3 per drop. Take 5-10,000 IU per day.

Vitamin A:

Apex Energetics Liqua-A gives 500 IU per drop in the forms of beta carotene and retinyl palmitate. This is a water-soluble vitamin A formulation and thus it is non-toxic at higher doses. Take 1-3000 IU per day.

Glutathione:

It’s not a vitamin per se, but instead is an anti-oxidant that is naturally produced in our liver. It makes sense that the liver would produce a potent anti-oxidant protector, being that the liver deals with so many toxins. It has been notoriously difficult to create an oral glutathione formulation with any level of absorbability until very recently. “Trizomal Glutathione” is one of them, as is “AC-Glutathione.” You can also use “Glutathione Recycler” to maintain your glutathione levels by providing your body with an important building block that your liver uses in making its own glutathione (including N-Acetyl L-Cysteine).

© Sylvia Skefich 2019