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Free Radicals

By October 25, 2022No Comments

No, we are talking about something much worse than politics

This blog will be the first of three about free radicals and antioxidants. There is a lot to this and it is not simple or easy to explain. Most just gloss over what this really is and I will try to explain it as simply as I can by giving it a little life and color other than just scientific facts. So stay with me and you will learn why you may feel like hell sometimes or start developing some serious ailments you cannot explain, and what role “free radicals” play in it.

It’s Complicated

How many have said “it’s complicated” to avoid telling you the truth about something or to avoid letting you know they don’t understand it themselves?  It is even more complex than other bodily functions that affect your health. So let’s start with the human cell, its makeup and how it fits in with free radicals and antioxidants.

What is a Cell and Cell Membrane

A cell is a mass of cytoplasm* that is encircled or bound externally by a cell membrane. “Microscopic in size, cells are the smallest structural units of living matter and compose all living things. *(The cytoplasm is the gel-like fluid inside the cell. It is the medium for chemical reactions. It provides a platform upon which other organelles** can operate within the cell. **any of a number of organized or specialized structures within a living cell.)

The membrane is constructed to protect it from anything outside that could injure it or interfere with its function. Each cell is interdependent on other cells. Each cell must be fed constantly to provide the energy needed to keep the body functioning. The membrane is the barrier to everything except when it hears the password from the blood supply which carries the food that energizes the cell. (like you hear a knock on the door and someone says “pizza,” you let him in and get your pizza.


What is a Cell Made Of?

The cell consists of atoms, and atoms consist of electrons, neutrons and protons, cycling around the atom nucleus faster than anything you can imagine. It must be in perfect balance to maintain itself in a healthy state. What if it gets out of balance? OK, we will come to that.  Stay with me. I told you it is complicated.


Tennessee Waltz

When I think of some poor guy who is in love with his gal and takes her to a dance, in this case a waltz in Tennessee. He sees an old buddy and introduces him to his love and allows them to do the waltz together and the friend steals the beautiful loved one from our poor heartbroken pal.

Suppose you have a dance of the cells, and our electron cell guy sees his old friend, another electron who is an incredibly well put-up electron, and he steals the beautiful electron chick from our pal. Now there is an imbalance of electrons and the whole cell dance starts to wobble and goes out of control, banging around on other electrons who get pissed off and there is a fight.


What is this called

In real life, many things can occur to the body that causes these phenomena to make an electron separate which leaves the cell out of balance and control. Then the loose electron looks around for a good-looking chick electron and he steals one from and nearby dance and then that whole one is out of control.  He is now a free radical.

How does this affect other cells and the body?

To best explain this incredible phenomenon, here is a quote from page 50 of “The Search for the perfect protein,” by Dr. David Minkoff, MD.

Our bodies are incredibly complicated organisms made up of more than 100 a trillion cells and at least fifty thousand different proteins. The average cell is a very complex, independent living thing with an internal chemical reaction rate of about 2000 times per second. This about that for a minute! If you hired a computer wizard and asked him to design a program like the human body, it would have to oordinate100,000,000,000,000 (trillion) cells with reaction rates at 2000 times per second, where every cell had to be in sync with every other one—each would have to be aware of what the other was doing at every moment.

It would have also to be completely adaptable to cold and head, whether on top of a mountain or at the bottom of the ocean. It would need t function while awake, asleep, running, wounded, or sitting still. It would have to control hormones, salt balance, cellular energy production, growth, repair, and on and on. If you think that molecules could achieve this by a series of accidents over the millennia, think again. This system is the result of the miracle of creation and life. Thelevel o activity and coordination in the human body is impossible for us to comprehend. (“The Search for the perfect protein,” Dr. David Minkoff, MD)


What can cause this?

Research explains that free radicals are naturally occurring molecules that are both created by our bodies that enter our bodies from our environment. Sources of free radicals in our environment include:

Several lifestyle, stress, and environmental factors are known to promote the excessive free radical formation and oxidative stress, including:

air pollution, cigarette smoke, alcohol intake, toxins, high blood sugar levels, high intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids), radiation, including the constant bombardment of 5G entering our bodies from every direction, bacterial, fungal, or viral infections,

excessive intake of iron, magnesium, copper, or zinc too much or too little oxygen in your body, intense and prolonged exercise, which causes tissue damage, excessive intake of antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, and antioxidant deficiency. Prolonged oxidative stress leads to an increased risk of negative health outcomes, such as cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer.


Your body also produces free radicals naturally, including in response to stress and inflammation so having them is a natural function of the body. And they also serve a good purpose.  See I told you it is complicated.


More to come next issue

Dear reader, you may not be experiencing the High I am from having an understanding of this whole process but for this poor blogster to simplify such a complex subject is a real win to me. Next, we will cover what can happen to the body if they are not controlled, how the body naturally controls them, and what can be done to put them under control once the body can no longer control them, naturally and through supplementation.

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