from "Chelation Therapy"
From the beginning of time, man has searched
for a way to regain youth and retard aging. Countless cures, remedies
and potions have come along, each promising to be the real thing.
Medical doctors have searched for an answer as to why people age
and why the degenerative diseases take such a toll. The free radical
theory attempts to explain these problems.
It is believed that man's maximum lifespan depends
primarily on genetics.
Whether or not the lifespan is fulfilled is
believed to be dependent on the damage that free radicals cause
to DNA, leading to degenerative diseases such as diabetes, arthritis,
atherosclerosis, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
Humans are composed of 75 trillion highly specialized
cells. These cells vary a great deal in structure and in the functions
they perform. Free radicals are produced in our cells due to normal
respiration and assimilation of sugar. Atoms normally contain
an even number of paired electrons. During chemical reactions,
electrons become unpaired momentarily, allowing the reaction to
occur. If for some reason, an electron becomes separated, it will
cause an imbalance and become a free radical. This unbalanced
free radical can damage cells that do not have sufficient enzyme
protection. These enzymes are catalase, reductase, glutathione
peroxidase and superoxide dismutase. In healthy cells, these enzymes
prevent cell damage from free radicals. When cellular health declines
due to toxic buildup, and enzyme production declines, free radicals
are able to cause damage. It is believed that degenerative disease
is caused by this type of action.
We can limit the damage caused by free radicals
by arming ourselves with free radical scavengers are Vitamin E,
Vitamin C, Vitamin A and beta carotene, and selenium.
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