What is Oxidation?
What is oxidation?
Oxidation is when one atom or compound will steal electrons from another atom or compound. To put this into simple terms, lets use iron as an example. When iron reacts with oxygen it forms a chemical called rust because it has been oxidized (the iron has lost some electrons) and the oxygen has been reduced (the oxygen has gained some electrons).
Iron oxidized, forming rust.
The mysterious brown apple
Have you ever wondered why when you cut an apple and leave it sitting for a few minutes it starts to turn brown? That browning is the process of oxidation. When an apple is cut (or bruised), oxygen is introduced into the injured plant tissue. When oxygen is present in cells, polyphenol oxidase (PPO) enzymes in the chloroplasts rapidly oxidize phenolic compounds naturally present in the apple tissues to o-quinones, colorless precursors to brown-colored secondary products.
Oxidation affects your skin in a similar manner. As we age, the skin’s antioxidant defense system weakens, losing its capacity to fight the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Free radicals are naturally-occurring, unstable extra electrons that seek out other extra electrons from healthy cells, damaging them and creating more free radicals in the process.
They cause DNA damage in cells throughout the body-including the skin-leading to inflammation and deterioration of the cells, essentially “rusting” them.
Antioxidants and Trace Minerals
Antioxidants bind to free radicals before they can cause this damage. Antioxidants are found in certain foods and may prevent some of the damage caused by free radicals by neutralizing them. These include the nutrient antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, and the minerals copper, zinc and selenium.
Like regular minerals and vitamins, we need trace minerals and ionic trace minerals to help our body perform at its best. Most individuals suffer from trace mineral deficiency and severely lack the amount of trace mineral benefits needed to maintain a high-functioning healthy body and immune system.
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