Winning the battle against free radicals

 
 
 

Media tell us that free radicals are bad, but, what are “free radicals”? They are molecules that are formed when we do exercise, when our body produce energy and when we are exposed to environmental factors as cigarette smoke, environmental pollution or UV radiation. The feared free radicals are such because they can cause oxidative stress, which is the result of an imbalance between pro-oxidants and antioxidants molecules, and this imbalance can damage cells and tissues. Oxidative stress plays a central role in skin aging at the cellular level.

In the skin, the production of free radicals leads to the appearance of dark spots, wrinkles and flaccidity. The only real protection of the skin is in its own endogenous processes and in the antioxidants we consume from the food (antioxidants may prevent or delay some types of cell damage, counteracting oxidative stress). Topical treatments are necessary, but not enough.

Supplements of omega-3 fatty acids can fortify your skin from the inside out. The intake of omega-3 may provide a global protection against oxidative stress, since its antioxidant properties are more than demonstrated.

 

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