Free Radicals cause Ageing….
What is a Free Radical?
Free radicals are formed in the body from exposure to environmental toxins, from radiation, from cigarette smoke, from excessive sunlight exposure and from metabolic processes in the body such as the breakdown of foods. Overuse of muscles causes damage and free radicals are formed.
Free radicals are highly reactive atoms that have one unpaired electron. They are unstable as there is a tendency for unpaired electrons to pair up and so the free radicals react very quickly and scavenge from cells and nutrients in the body causing damage to cells and DNA.
What is the Effect of Free Radicals Damage
The risks of most degenerative diseases such as cancers, heart and arterial diseases, dementia, arthritis etc. are increased by a high level of free radicals. Ageing in all its forms is hastened by high free radicals in the body.
Sagging skin, age spots and discolouration of the skin are all increased by high free radicles.
Top Food Tips to Reduce Free Radicals
Eat lots of foods with a high ORAC score (oxygen radical absorption capacity) or foods with high antioxidant potential.
Fresh naturally deep coloured vegetables and fruit are very rich in antioxidants like:
- Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries – all in season at the moment
- Carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, kale and red cabbage
- Turmeric, cinnamon, oregano, parsley
You need to consume a value of 6,000 ORACs daily – each of the following has a score of approx. 2,000 ORACs
- 1/3 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano or turmeric
- 30gms blueberries
- 60gms blackberries, strawberries or raspberries
- 35gms red cabbage or 200gms of broccoli
- 4 pieces of min 85% dark chocolate!!
Follow a low GL eating plan, dominated by ‘real food’ and cut out refined sugars, processed foods and burnt or charred foods.
Foods with a low GL score do not cause blood sugar peaks but allow the blood sugar to remain stable. This reduces the scavenging free radicals and so reduces skin ageing, the risks of diabetes, heart and arterial disease, dementia, neurological diseases, cancers and more…..
For more information on following a low GL eating plan for health and weight loss or specialised help with nutritional help for health issues contact Jane on 01366 347452 or click to Email