Cells are made up of many atoms. When these atoms are healthy, the cells duplicate and keep the body young, well and free of disease. What makes an atom healthy? It has paired electrons.
When an atom is missing an electron, it destroys the surrounding atoms by stealing their electrons. An atom missing an electron is called a Free Radical. Free Radicals alter or destroy cells. Cells that die and cells that reproduce damaged cells are the cause of premature aging, sickness and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and many others.
Where do free radicals come from? Here is a short list:
Smoking, stress, sunlight, pesticides, pollution, airline travel, medications, foods, food additives, x-rays, exercise, chlorine in treated water, mercury in seafood and teeth fillings, and many more.
"Don't underestimate the threat free radicals pose to our health. Scientists now believe that free radicals are causal factors in nearly every known disease, from heart disease to arthritis to cancer to cataracts. In fact, free radicals are a major culprit in the aging process itself. By controlling free radicals, antioxidants can make the difference between life and death, as well as influence how fast and how well we age." - Lester Packer, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley
The solution is antioxidants. Antioxidants have "extra" electrons that they can give to free radicals, which eliminates their harmful effects. Antioxidants are what your body uses in defense against destructive free radicals. Therefore, they are your defense against aging, sickness and disease.
Antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables. They are also found in other types foods such as nuts, oils and beans. Antioxidants are also found in high quality nutritional supplements made from food. The American Medical Association recommends these types of supplements because most adults do not eat the right foods to properly feed their cells.
However, not all supplements are beneficial. The effective ones are absorbed by your body. Many "name brand" supplements go through the colon undissolved - which creates expensive urine.
Make sure your nutritional supplements are made from food. Our bodies, designed to take in nutrients from whole foods, know exactly what to do with the nutrients.
It doesn't matter how many vitamin or mineral pills you take. If the nutrients are not absorbed by the body and your cells, they don't do you any good.