[pchealth] Risks from free radicals and value of antioxidants (from Ocasio-Cortez's research)

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Fri Mar 15 15:11:22 EDT 2019

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>From Alexandria's research this valuable information:

"When organisms are under oxidative stress, there are more free radicals
(chemicals with unpaired electrons) than antioxidants in the body to
neutralize them. Those free radicals react quickly with many other
chemicals, and without antioxidants to neutralize them, create cellular
chaos. Such an unstable cellular environment has been hypothesized to be
responsible for wrinkles, neurological diseases and even cancer.

Alexandria chose compounds with the highest cited number of antioxidant
capabilities and observed how they impacted longevity of the roundworms. In
some cases, lifespan was prolonged for as many as 33 days, almost doubling
the nematode’s normal lifespan. Her findings indicated that antioxidants
could potentially help prevent degenerative illnesses induced by oxidative

The total antioxidant content of more than 3100 foods, beverages, spices,
herbs and supplements used worldwide

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