What are Free Radicals?
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As we get older, our bodies can produce unstable substances called free radicals. They damage human cells and our DNA.
Free radicals are atoms missing an electron. They are out of balance. To try and regain balance, they rob other cells of their electrons, creating more free radicals. They keep the body in an unstable situation that diminishes capacity to heal and maintain homeostasis.
Luckily, there are natural substances that have ability to fight free radicals damage. Foods that have specific antioxidant properties help the cells of our body maintain their healthy integrity and fight free radicals damage in the body.
For example, U.S. scientists have shown that the antioxidants contained in blueberries help to slow the aging process, fight free radicals damage and reduce the risk of cancer.
The reversal of age-related decline in neuronal signal transduction was a stunning discovery as scientists have for some time accepted the established fact that age-related neuromotor dysfunction is irreversible.
Blueberries and Brain Power In another study published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience 2004 Oct-Dec;7 (5-6):309-16, a blueberry supplemented diet was found to greatly enhance the spatial mëmory of laboratory animals.
When later studied in vitro, the animals' brains demonstrated structural changes associated with an improved capacity for learning.
Other studies appeared last year in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the Journal of Medicinal Food, and in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, all on the blueberry and all reporting spectacular results in aiding in avoiding heart disease, stroke, different types of cancer and enhanced neural and motor functions leading to better mëmory, enhanced learning capabilities and better balance which led to fewer falls.