Free radicals in the body are formed when an unstable molecule in the cellular structure splits and the splitting of the bonded molecules produce imbalance distribution of electrons. It then tends to attack the closest stable molecule and steals its electrons. The assaulted molecule becomes a free radical when its electrons are imbalanced beginning a chain reaction. The process can cascade until the cell is disrupted. Free radicals form during metabolism.
At times, it is purposely produced by the body to thwart bacteria and virus. Pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides can also create free radicals. Ordinarily, the body can manage free radicals with available antioxidants; but if there is an excess production of free radicals, cell damage will result. The damage accumulates with age. This also is one of the reasons why people look tired, used up, and weary due to free radical accumulated damage and looks old.
Antioxidants may prevent damage by stopping or controlling the spawning of free radicals. They neutralize free radicals by generously donating one of their electrons, ending the electron stealing frenzy. The antioxidants maintain its stability and do not become a free radical because they are stable in any form. Every time it neutralizes a free radical, it stops working as an anti oxidant. It is a must that we continuously supply our bodies with it. Antioxidants prevent cell and tissue damage that may lead to cellular damage and diseases. Some known antioxidants are Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin P and Citrin, beta carotene and selenium.
The good news about drinking brewed tea is the abundance of antioxidants in it. Vitamins C and Vitamin E are there to shield the body against the damaging effects of free radicals. Vitamin E is the most abundant antioxidant in the body which is fat soluble. It is the most effective chain breaking antioxidant available. It is the frontline defense against oxidation. First to fight against preoxidation (production of molecules with more oxygen content than usual). Vitamin C is the water soluble antioxidant in the body. It acts mainly in the cellular fluid. It fights the formation of free radicals caused by pollution and cigarette smoke. It aids the Vitamin E back to its active form. Vitamin E also helps prevent heart related ailments by putting up defenses against LDL oxidation and the clogging in the artery caused by plaque formation. Cancers of the mouth, larynx and esophagus had connected Vitamin C to reduce the rate of occurrence of cancer cells.
Isn’t it great to know that you are consuming a beverage that helps you fight diseases and prevents them from occurring. Augmenting your liquid intake with Brewed tea everyday will strengthen your antioxidant availability in the body and improve your health. Plus, ensuring adequate supply of antioxidant nutrients could be obtained from the serving of fresh fruits and vegetables per day. They are also available from all kinds of nuts and fruits. The specific antioxidants in tea are called Phenols which can also be found in berries and grapes.