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BY DANIELLE ROBERTS, NUTRITIONIST
ree radicals - we hear
this word a lot but, what
are they? Free radicals
are molecules that have
HOW AN ANTIOXIDANT WORKS
an imbalanced charge. In order to
become balanced it needs to find
a charge to react with. This often
means that the free radical will
"attack" a cell to steal a "charge"
to balance itself.
This attacking action damages the
cells in our body, causes inflammation
and can lead to many more serious
health issues. This damage and the
resulting effect on our health is known
as "free radical damage"
How strong is astaxanthin?
6,000 times stronger than vitamin C
Astaxanthin is an oxygen-containing
This is where those famous antioxidants
nutrient from the carotenoid antioxidant
500 times stronger than vitamin E
play their starring role! Their function
is to donate a charge to the free radicals
before they can attack our other cells.
family which comes from algae
800 times stronger than CoQ10
Astaxanthin is a special antioxidant,
as it never gets "used" up when
neutralising a free radical. In this
manner, it continues to "mop up"
free radicals to avoid damage.
550 times stronger than green tea.
HOW DO WE GET FREE
We don't only get free radicals
from toxins and pollutants in the
environment, we also create them
within our metabolic processes
Another special ability is that it can
merge itself into the many layers
within our cells; from the outer
membrane surface, through to
the inner surface of your cells.
This allows it to protect the outer
cellular wall and simultaneously
provide protection to your cells'
Small amounts of free radicals are
created in the process of breaking
down food into energy
Exercise increases the need
for energy, therefore increasing
the oxidation of food and
This leaves free radicals with no way
to enter your cells, thus working and
moving like a cloud to engulf the
free radicals by moving through the
cell membranes, stopping damage
DID YOU KNOW THAT IT'S ASTAXANTHIN
THAT GIVES SALMON ITS PINK COLOUR?
Sun exposure when our skin is
subjected to UV rays and those rays
interact with the oxygen against our
skin, free radicals are created.
Danielle Roberts is a
Via this mechanism, astaxanthin is not
only known to assist recovery in muscles
after intense activity, but it also acts as
an internal sunscreen, making it your
perfect summertime antioxidant.
nutritionist with a BSc
If we are exposed to more free
Human Nutrition and Animal
radicals than our antioxidant stores
Science who has a passion
can keep up with, we end up with
free radical damage
for holistic health and
prevention of disease.
HEALTH 200O NOVEMBER 2019