Normally, the molecules that make up your body are balanced; they have an even number of electrons.
A free radical is a molecule that has lost one of its electrons leaving it with an odd number of electrons.
The body produces free radicals through normal metabolic pathways such as extracting energy from the food we eat. Exposure to the toxins in junk food or polluted air, for example, can also be sources of free radical production. In short, we are exposed to potential sources of free radical production every day of our lives.
Antioxidants are nutritional compounds in whole foods that have extra electrons. When an antioxidant comes in contact with a free radical, the antioxidant "donates" an electron to the free radical. This way, the free radical doesn't have to "steal" an electron from another healthy molecule and the damage normally caused by the free radical can be avoided. The antioxidant nutrients themselves do not become free radicals when they "donate" an electron because they are stable in either form.
The human body is capable of producing antioxidants naturally, but under conditions of poor diet, toxicity, physical stress or emotional stress, this antioxidant production can be severely impaired. Do you know someone who eats a poor diet, has high levels of toxicity and is stressed out much of the time? This is why they may appear older than they actually are.
Are you ready to re-set your body's nutritional system back to "original manufacturer's specifications"? The Tri-Decathlon Delux is a 13 day program of whole foods, water and walking. You can cleanse your body of toxins and fill it with natural antioxidants at the same time. Imagine the good you can do for your body by treating it to 13 days of nature's best.
Berries are some of the most delicious and powerful disease-fighting foods available. Blueberries are among fruits and vegetables with the highest Antioxidant levels with an ORAC Value of 5486. Right behind blueberries are blackberries with an ORAC Value of 4654; strawberries at 3520 and raspberries, 2789. Berry ORAC levels top that of many other fruits and vegetables such as oranges, grapefruit, cherries, plums, brussell sprouts, broccoli and spinach.