What is a free radical?
A free radical is a molecule that lacks an electron. As it is positively charged, it constantly seeks another electron to become stabilized. Free radicals will «steal » an electron from a weaker molecule, resulting in the creation of new free radicals.
This process, which is called the « free radical chain reaction », can be repeated over a long period and can disrupt cellular functions on all levels, because the cell is damaged, and therefore unprotected, thus an easy target.
The body neutralizes free radicals, but often there are too many for it to defend itself. Free radicals are partly responsible for the accelerated ageing of cells and the onset of many so-called degenerative diseases like cancer, atherosclerosis, cerebral degeneration, inflammatory diseases, cataracts and many acute pathologies.
Lead, cadmium, pesticides, ionizing radiation, alcohol and cigarette smoke all contain noxious substances capable of producing free radicals. Free radicals are the primary cause of damaged tissue. They harm cells and make them age prematurely.