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What Are Free Radicals?

We hear this term more and more these days in regard to health and aging, but what is a free radical? Simply put, a free radical is any molecule with a single, unpaired electron. Free radicals are naturally produced in the body through the normal functioning of body systems and various physiochemical conditions, or through exposure to external sources such as pollutants and chemicals, and other environmental agents. There’s no way to avoid them; they’re a result of normal physiological processes.

So why are free radicals bad? A molecule with an unpaired electron is highly unstable and reactive and will seek out other molecules to either rob them of an electron or molecules to which they can give their remaining electron. In doing so a free radical can damage a cell and its important constituents such as proteins, lipids and even DNA, with which free radicals can react. This can lead to overall disruption of our body’s delicate balance, known as homeostasis.

It’s important to note that the production of free radicals by the immune system is integral to the process of ridding the body of pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses, so not all free radicals are “bad.” However, over the course of your lifetime free radical damage accumulates, and scientists theorize that this accumulated damage contributes to cellular dysfunction and ultimately to declining health as we age, and is thought to be a significant part of the aging process itself.*

Maintaining Balance

As noted above, we can’t avoid free radicals; they’re a result of the normal metabolic processes that take place every minute of every day. But we can minimize their impact on our health and our appearance with free radical scavengers. A free radical scavenger may also be known as an antioxidant, and refers to any molecule that’s stable enough to donate an electron to a free radical currently on a tear through your body, neutralizing it or reducing its capacity to do harm.

Nature provides a wealth of nutrients and substances that can fill this role, from everyday vitamins such as vitamins C and E and peptides like glutathione to more specialized nutrients such as alpha lipoic acid and resveratrol.

  • Vitamins – Vitamins A, C, and E are all free radical scavengers that work to protect us from free radical damage in various ways.* Antioxidant vitamins have differing effects based on their efficacy in water (hydrophilic) or fats/lipids (lipophilic). Vitamin C, for instance, is a hydrophilic radical scavenger that seeks out free radicals in water-based environments whereas vitamin E is lipophilic, seeking and neutralizing free radicals in fatty environments.

  • Minerals – Like vitamins, certain minerals such as selenium, copper and zinc have free radical scavenging benefits. One of the more highly-regarded of the mineral free radical scavengers is the trace mineral selenium. This mineral is an essential nutrient for humans, and it helps to protect us from free radical damage.* Even better, selenium is a cofactor for the extremely important antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase.

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid – Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is sometimes referred to as the “universal antioxidant” because of its unique ability to function in both water and fat. ALA also helps the body to recycle vitamins C and E, thereby prolonging their antioxidant activities.*

  • Pycnogenol® – Pycnogenol® is the trade name given to a unique combination of natural phytochemicals, known as proanthocyanidins, derived from the bark of the French Maritime pine. As a potent scavenger of free radicals, Pycnogenol® helps to protect the body’s tissues from typical oxidative stress and supports a healthy, balanced immune response to normal metabolic stress.* Through these mechanisms, it can help to maintain skin and eye health and healthy joint tissues.*

  • Resveratrol – This polyphenol is naturally found in the skin of red grapes, certain berries, and other plants. Recent research has shown that Resveratrol can help to support healthy cardiovascular function.* However, Resveratrol is better known for its cellular anti-aging properties, as well as for its ability to promote a healthy response to biological stress.*

The NOW® Difference

These days it’s almost impossible to avoid some sort of daily exposure to environmental pollutants, chemicals and other substances that can generate free radicals in our body. Even the simple act of breathing generates these harmful rogue molecules. But you can help minimize their impact on your body and your health with quality free radical scavengers from NOW.

We choose only proven, natural free radical scavengers and antioxidants that are supported by research, and every product we produce is manufactured with our industry-leading attention to quality.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Free Radical Scavengers (55)
Acai (4) Alpha Lipoic Acid (5) Carotenoids (6)
Combinations (2) Curcumin (5) EGCg - Green Tea Extract (4)
Eye Support/Lutein (6) Grape Seed Extract (5) Liquid Nutritional Tonics (5)
Pycnogenol (5) Resveratrol (4)