How Do Antioxidants Work?

Though they may be portrayed as such, antioxidants are not tangible. In actuality, they are better described as a “behavior” that counteracts the adverse effects of free radicals by donating electrons.  Antioxidants can either occur naturally or be man-made, serving the purpose of preventing or slowing cell damage. While Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser and Anti-Aging Center offers many anti-aging treatments, such as micro laser peels and laser skin resurfacing, we also are advocates for treating the body from the inside out with healthy antioxidants.

anti aging treatments atlanta gaExposure to harmful elements break up atoms, landing them with unpaired electrons that are constantly searching for spare electrons for stabilization. Free radicals are atoms missing an electron; to make up for missing electrons, free radicals steal those electrons from surrounding atoms, altering or destroying cells. When cells lose some of their electrons, they can become free radicals in their own right, causing a negative chain reaction that is nearly impossible to stop without the help of antioxidants.

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, without antioxidants, free radicals go untouched, increasing the risk of diseases and accelerated aging due to smoking, air pollution, sunlight, and other sources of “oxidative stress,” a process caused by free radicals that can trigger cell damage. Oxidative stress is believed to play a part in a myriad of diseases including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and eye diseases such as cataracts. Antioxidants are one of the first defenses that the body uses to keep free radicals in check and prevent them from causing damage to other cells while lending a hand to your body’s anti-aging efforts.

The amount of antioxidants maintained in the body is directly proportional to how long you will live. Antioxidants are nutritionally found in many healthy fruits and vegetables, including leafy greens, citrus fruits, and even red wine in moderation.  After a scan with our Biophotonic Antioxidant Scanner, our highly-trained staff is enabled to recommend the appropriate LifePak/G3 nutritional supplementation in efforts to positively impact your health and anti-aging abilities. Antioxidants decelerate the aging process, enhance your immune system, quicken recovery times, and lessen pain and inflammation. In general, the more antioxidants in your body, the more chances you have to beat the negative health effects surrounding us every day.

Contact us to try the Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner for yourself and accurately assess antioxidant status and internal health. Connect with Laser Lights on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest anti-aging news and information.