Antioxidants and Free Radicals: “Doc Talks” with Dr. Daniel Nuzum
Jonathan Hunsaker: Do you feel fatigued or tired? Then you need to watch this video.
Jonathan Hunsaker here with Organixx. Thanks for watching. Listen, we get a lot of questions about antioxidants, free radicals–trying to understand what roles they play in our body. How do we get rid of more free radicals? Are antioxidants the answer? Let’s cut to Doc right now and see what he has to say.
Dr. Daniel Nuzum: Antioxidants and free radicals. What are we talking about here? I’ll start off with free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that are missing electrons, which makes them unstable. So, I want you to think about this. Think of the drunk guy at a party, he’s unstable, he’s got his drink and he’s spilling it on everybody and he’s bumping into people, and as he bumps into people, and they spill their drinks.
With a free radical, when it’s missing an electron, it will bump into another molecule and steal an electron, which makes that molecule now a free radical, and then that one steals one from someone else. Before too long, all these molecules are unstable because they’re missing an electron. And so, kind of like the drunk guy at the party, that’s what happens when we have free radicals in our system.
Free radicals can be caused by either nutritional deficiencies, or when it has been exposed to a toxin. And so, what we need is we need the antioxidant police. They come in and they donate an electron to all these unstable molecules–stabilizing them. And all of a sudden, they sober up and they quit stumbling around making a mess.
Antioxidants have this really amazing effect on our body where they not only can neutralize toxic substances, but they can even recycle certain nutrients. So, you have nutrients that are free radicals because they’re missing an electron. When you stabilize that nutrient with an extra electron, it becomes a viable nutrient again.
What free radicals do in our system is cause all the chemical reactions that create aging in our body, or degeneration. And once that chain reaction has begun, we have to start at the end and kind of mop up everything all the way back to the beginning.
So, the more degeneration, the more inflammation, the more fatigue, the more of those things that are happening, the more likely you are to have more free radicals than you should in your system. So, you may not be completely deficient in them, or devoid of antioxidants, but you’re not getting enough antioxidants.
When the antioxidants come into the system and start stabilizing all those unstable molecules, things start operating better.
The faster a cell dies in your body, the more frequently it has to be reproduced. Reproducing a cell costs your body energy. It costs your body nutrition. So, you’ve got nutrients that are necessary in order to build a new cell. The more frequently the cells are being torn down in your system, the more frequently they have to be rebuilt, the more energy expense and the more nutritional expense there is on your body.
If we can slow down how fast cells break down, that means your body has to use less energy to produce new cells, correct?
That plays a big role in fatigue, and that’s not just fatigue for like athletes, it’s fatigue for moms, and for folks that have been ill for a long period of time end up accumulating a lot of what’s called oxidative stress, and oxidative stress is that whole chain reaction that I talked about, when the free radical creates another free radical and they create more free radicals.
If you have high oxidative stress, that means your cell turnover is going to be pretty quick. Every time your body has to make new cells, it has to reproduce new cells, it has to take a blueprint of that cell, that’s called your DNA, and it has to make a copy. Eventually, you run out of the raw materials necessary to make proper copies of that DNA, and what happens then is you start aging very quickly, you start having more disease symptoms and weird things start happening in your system.
Antioxidants are what we use to combat this whole process. Some of your most powerful antioxidants are the pigments in fruits and vegetables. Juicing, where you have multiple colors—so kind of a rainbow of colors that you’re putting into a juice, that’s another great way of getting your antioxidants. There are so many antioxidants and getting your exposure to so many takes a lot of food, lots of different varieties and things like that, and in today’s society, that can be kind of difficult.
And one of the things that’s beautiful about supplementation is that we can take so many different sources of nutrients, so many sources of antioxidants, and we can extract the very best components of all these different herbs and fruits and vegetables and things like this, and concentrate them down into a little capsule, which makes it very convenient and very easy for people to consume a very wide range of antioxidants.
My personal favorite is fulvic acid. Fulvic acid has 27 tetra trillion electrons to donate. There isn’t even a category for those—that particular type of antioxidant.
Well, I hope this gave you some clarity about antioxidants and free radicals. Thanks for watching. Here’s to living an INSPIRED life.
Jonathan Hunsaker: Thanks, Doc. I hope you learned more about free radicals and antioxidants. I know when I sit in with Doc, I learn a whole wealth of knowledge.
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