Environment Advocate Series

Free Radicals

Impact throughout the body • Brain Disfunction

• Hearing Loss Age and noise related hearing loss are accompanied by an immune response and inflammation, along with the formation of free radicals. Without an antioxidant termination process continued hearing loss is the natural result. • Pregnancy The demands of pregnancy and childbirth can leave mother and child more susceptible to disorders associated to free radical damage (Respiratory issues, eyesight issues, low birth weight, etc.) due to the elevated antioxidant reserves dedicated to the growing fetus. A growing fetus also has an extremely high metabolic rate. • Beauty & Integumentary System (Skin) Exposure to environmental factors such as sun, smoking, and air pollution can increase oxidative stress on skin. Free radicals degrade and destroy the elastin and collagen in skin cells leading to thickening of the skin, more noticeable discoloration, and exaggerated wrinkles. • Cardiovascular Disease Many cardiovascular conditions initiate with free radical attack. LDL (low density lipid (bad cholesterol)) particles easily pass between the cells

The brain requires 4 trillion molecules of ATP (adenosine triphosphate (energy molecules)) each minute. The process of producing ATP is a highly oxidative process that naturally produces billions of free radicals. The antioxidant defense of the brain is reduced due to low levels of antioxidants in the average American’s diet, leaving it vulnerable to free radical damage, and dysfunction (infant asphyxia, multiple sclerosis, stoke, and other neurodegenerative disorders). • Mental Conditions Free radicals play an important role in cellular signaling and comminutions. With alterations of antioxidant defense systems processes including energy production, inflammation, impairment of cell signaling, and the generation of neurotransmitters (GABA, Serotonin, and Dopamine) can be interrupted. • Eye Damage The eyes are very likely to be damaged by free radicals due to ultraviolet light (the sun), blue light (tv, phone, and computer screens), and their naturally high metabolic rate, leading to degradation (macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa.)

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