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Postby hornet » Sat Jun 10, 2006 8:31 pm

This is what I know about free radicals.

Made by the cells when burning oxygen.

They damage your body and may even be responsible for aging itself.

Antioxidants destroy free radicals.

Now on wikipedia it said.

"Free radicals are atomic or molecular species with unpaired electrons on an otherwise open shell configuration.
These unpaired electrons are usually highly reactive, so radicals are likely to take part in chemical reactions."

Now this got me thinking. How can I destroy these nasty things?
(Besides taking my vitamins):wink:

Well I'm no doctor so I searched for the experts and found this site.

One thing that did flash through my mind was magnetism...
would powerful magnets applied to the body pair the missing electron in the radicals?

Please don't flame me.
I have no clue if the free radicals is supposed to be paired with electrons to be neutralised. (Or if that is even possible)

Anybody have any suggestions, feedback or general expertise?

Got a bit of a curious itch.

Cheers Chris
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Postby victor » Sun Jun 11, 2006 4:17 am

Hmmm...looks like those infos have made you think that free radicals are bad boys...:lol:
Actually, some of those free radicals also used by our body (especially our immune system to run ROI mechanism) to defend our body from pathogens...and yes, too much of these bad boys are bad for your body, and the way which is used now is by consuming antioxidants (exchanging the highly reactive free radicals with a antioxidant free radicals which are less reactive)..

I don't think that using powerful magnet field would omit these highly active free radicals..If yes, then many clinics will have a big magnet machines...:mrgreen:
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Postby hornet » Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:49 am

I see. So only some of them are bad.

That makes things a bit more complicated.

Yeah the magnets was probably a longshot...

Thanks victor things are a bit clearer now.
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Postby victor » Sun Jun 11, 2006 11:42 am

hornet wrote:I see. So only some of them are bad.


Not only 'some of them' but according to me they're all bad boys :lol: but, our body can manage some of these bad boys so they can be useful for them..:mrgreen:
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Postby baikuza » Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:34 am

antioxydant will help us on minimize the bad effect of the free radical
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