The Free Radical Theory Of Aging .

My blogging journey started when I bumped into the most exciting topic ever during my Holistic Nutrition Course , we studied the work of one scientist Doctor Denham Harman .

Doctor Harman is the father of the most widely accepted”Free radical theory of aging ” . I loved studying his work because he himself lived up to the age of 98 and his ideas have aided research into cancer , heart disease , stroke and Alzheimer’s.

We all desire good health and longevity , but sadly most realise their mistakes only when it’s too late.

What is the ‘Free radical theory of aging?’

It states that organisms age because cells accumulate free radical damage over time. 

When certain types of oxygen molecules are allowed to travel freely in the body they cause what is known as oxidative damage which is the formation of free radicals.
Free radicals are unstable , they can be formed naturally in the body or can be introduced into the body from external sources, such as smoking ,radiation,herbicides or pollution.

When free radicals interact with cells, proteins and DNA in the body, they can cause damage by modifying their chemical structure. Constant cell exposure to harmful free radicals over time is connected to cancer , heart disease and premature aging.

By now you must  be wondering .. how do we reduce oxidative damage .?

Although the body creates its own several enzymes to help scavenge free radicals the volume of free radicals may be too much for the body to handle .

Take control by eating foods that are packed with  Antioxidants , Vitamins & Minerals minimize the cell damage that may lead to heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases. 

Enter Super-foods. These are the Michael Jordans of the food world.

Many people believe that they need to take dietary supplements to get all the vitamins and minerals they need. But nutrients work best in your body when you get them the natural way: in the amounts found in foods and balanced with other nutrients.

A high dose of one vitamin or mineral from a supplement can interfere with how your body absorbs or uses another important vitamin or minerals.

Did you know red wine contains an antioxidant found in grapes called Resveratrol – however do not consume it in excess or have the red grapes instead .

Look out for the  Super-food series that I will be covering over the next few months by simply signing up for email updates or dropping by from time to time.

Whether reducing oxidative damage below normal levels is sufficient to extend lifespan remains an open and controversial question.


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