What are free radicals?

What are free radicals?

Free radicals are unstable molecules that are missing one of their electrons, usually from their outer orbit (it’s a bit like missing the outer planet orbiting the sun in our solar system).

These free radicals roam around the body, attempting to scavenge electrons from other sources, in the process causing damage to healthy cells in an effort to complete themselves. This process sets off a chain reaction leading to damaging physical changes to collagen, elastin and our very DNA. Macroscopically, this damage ends up appearing as the lines, wrinkles, ‘age spots’, parchment-like pigmentation and general dullness that we associate with ageing. 

Dr Gabrielle Caswell

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