Red Mountain Resort
& Spa (Utah)
The number one cause of unnecessary aging and of several other diseases
indirectly is Free Radicals.
Free Radicals are oxygen molecules that are incomplete since they are missing
an electron. Oxidation is a chemical reaction whereby one atom or molecule
(usually oxygen and thus the name oxidation) robs an electron of another
These Free Radicals will attack any one of its neighbors, stealing one of
their electrons. This molecule is useless to us, as it is not performing its
function any more, plus it has created another free radical to repeat the
process over and over again, inflicting damage on the components of the healthy
cells, including their genetic information system (DNA).
It is a known fact that our cells reproduce themselves as they die. Through
that cycle, the new generation should be the same genetic makeup as the previous
cells have been. However, because the cell has suffered damage from the Free
Radicals the cells are not able to give correct replication information to newly
forming cells. As these new deformed cells carry on through their lifetime they
are exposed to additional damage from Free Radicals and your own defense
mechanism is unable to control or limit the damage caused by the intruders. With
further exposure to Free Radicals over time, the damage will accumulate within
the cells at each cycle of generation, making the tissues and the body over all
less perfect over time. This is what is called the self-destruction of the body
or in other words - aging.
Sources of Free Radicals
Radiation, air pollution, pesticides,
anesthetics, gasoline vapors, fried foods, drugs, solvents, alcohol, lead, and
mercury, are just some of the offenders we deal with. The damage of sunburn is
caused by the free radicals formed by the UV light. One of the worst offenders
is primary and second hand cigarette smoke.
The most effective natural protector of the body against free radicals is
nutrients called antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent free radical damage by
completing the free radical with the missing electrons therefore neutralizing
the free radical and making it harmless.
Where do they come from?
Some antioxidants are proteins made by the body,
and many are delivered to us in the food we eat. The most important of these are
vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, selenium, zinc, and some amino acids.
While they are readily available from our foods, our antioxidant defense
systems are vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies and many health practitioners
do believe that supplements are needed to compensate.
As the skin is the largest organ and the organ furthest away from the blood
circulation, most nutrition and antioxidants do not reach the skin. This may in
fact explain why the skin is our fastest aging organ. Thus, it becomes obvious
to have the cleanest and highest quality of nutrients such as plant based
antioxidants in your skin care products, to support your skin and to protect it
from the negative effects of free radical exposure.