The Harmful Effects of Free Radicals, and Why You Need Antioxidants

Free radicals are constantly forming in the body as a result of natural biological processes, external environmental factors and stress. They are unstable, highly reactive atoms with an odd, unpaired number of electrons, so they're always looking to steal electrons from other molecules. While some are helpful because they kill potentially infectious microbes and diseases, their activities also create chain reactions of dangerous hydrogen peroxide and hydroxyl radicals that attack your cell walls, cells, artery walls and genetic material in their quest for electrons. If not first neutralized by antioxidants, they weaken the structure until it either dies or becomes incapable of functioning properly.

The harmful effects of free radicals can include damage to DNA and RNA, and that's associated with cancer. If they attack fatty compounds in the bloodstream, that's associated with heart disease. They destroy protein, and that can cause liver and kidney damage, and cataracts. They cause collagen breakdown, which affects aging; and age pigments, which impair cell function. According to many researchers, free radicals contribute to all degenerative conditions associated with aging; and they are major contributors to at least 60 ailments and diseases including:

  • Allergies
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Cancers
  • Cataracts
  • Circulatory problems
  • Diabetes
  • Dyslexia
  • Emphysema
  • Glaucoma
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Inflammatory conditions (cardiovascular, musco-skeletal, bowel, eyes etc.)
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver disease (cirrhosis)
  • Lupus
  • Macular degeneration
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Neuropathy
  • Pancreatitis
  • Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases
  • Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Senile dementia
  • Stroke
  • Varicose veins

Antioxidants Fight Free Radicals

Antioxidants are natural vitamins that act as "free radical scavengers." They chase down and neutralize free radicals, interfering with the chain reaction before the damage begins. You get them from certain foods and nutritional supplements. And the above list shows just how important they are to your health, doesn't it.

Caution: Avoid Synthetic Antioxidant Supplements

Once antioxidants have fulfilled their mission, they become oxidants themselves. So can you overdose? Scientists don't know the appropriate antioxidant dosage. They DO know that the body will regulate and balance the optimum antioxidant levels if you get them from your diet. So it makes sense that when choosing supplements, avoid synthetics, and buy only those that are sourced from whole foods.

Krill Oil: One of the Best Whole Food Antioxidant Supplements Money Can Buy1

Krill oil comes from a marine crustacean containing a super-antioxidant called astaxanthin, which is abundant in the algae comprising the krill's only diet. Because krill eat nothing else, their astaxanthin is esterified, meaning it's 100% bioavailable to your cells. No other animal gives you such a powerful form of this nutrient; and few other antioxidants can compare.

Neptune Krill Oil (NKO™) has been measured against other well known antioxidants by the famous Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC) test which found its antioxidant potency to be 48 times greater than that of fish oil and 302 times more potent than Vitamins A and E. But antioxidant power is only part of what krill oil holds out to you. Explore this site for the rest of the story, look for the NKO trademark on any label, and put the amazing health-promoting benefits of krill oil to work for you and yours today.

1Statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Precautions: If you are pregnant, nursing, allergic to fish or shellfish, have a blood coagulation condition, are taking anticoagulants such as warfarin, or are currently under a physician's care for a health condition, please consult a healthcare professional prior to use.

NKO™ is a trademark of its manufacturer, Neptune Technologies and Bioresources, Inc.