“Free radicals are atoms or ions that are missing at least one electron from their outer shell,” Dr. Franklin St. John explains in Natural Awakenings. “When they enter your body, they steal electrons from your healthy cells and turn them into free radicals too. That process continues until the damage is so severe that health issues occur.
“With this in mind, I’d like to discuss anthocyanins, a group of antioxidants that is particularly effective in fighting free radicals. Anthocyanins are what make blueberries so beneficial to your health (and, incidentally, what give them their blue color). The level of anthocyanins in blueberries is very high, and scientific literature has confirmed their effectiveness in fighting free radicals.”
Almost any activity that you perform results in free radical formation. There are many external agents that can cause free radicals to form in our bodies.
Let’s start out by defining what a free radical is. If you have taken a chemistry class, you may already understand this. A free radical is an atom or compound that is missing an electron in its outer shell that is normally there.
There are normal ways that an atom can fulfill its need to complete its outer shell. For instance, Sodium (Na) has one electron in its outer shell, but it wants two. Chlorine (Cl) has seven electrons in its outer shell, but it wants eight. So, when Cl comes in contact with Na, they sort of mate to form NaCl, which is ordinary table salt.
Now let’s go inside of your body. There probably never was a time when free radicals were not forming in your body. Any process within your body can produce free radicals. However, by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, free radicals can be neutralized. That’s all fine and good, but enter pollutants from the air we breathe, the chemicals we ingest when we eat processed food, over-exposure to the sun, and other activities such as hard physical labor or hard contact sports, and we have the potential for severe health problems. (I often wonder about the constant pounding and abuse withstood by a football player’s body having something to do with health problems sometimes encountered later in life.) Continue reading →
Dr. Franklin St. John founded HerbaSway in 1996, inspired by his interest in traditional Chinese medicine. He wanted to go beyond the typical multi-vitamin pill and really focus on specific nutritional goals. After a great deal of research, he decided to develop liquid concentrates so that they were better absorbed into the bloodstream as well as easier and more enjoyable to take every day.
HerbaSway, maker of best-selling HerbaGreen Tea, now has 10 unique blends targeting different parts of the body using all natural ingredients. HerbaSway has also developed an all natural spa line as well as the All Natural Energy and a ready-to-drink shot, Last Round All Natural Hangover Support. Continue reading →