It’s not easy to define free radicals in a way that makes sense to those of us without a scientific background. Free radicals are defined as atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominoes. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs. This can damage your cells, organs, and contribute to disease and declining health. Because our bodies are continuously exposed to free radicals from external sources such as sunlight, radiation, pollution and toxins, they can often be the common pathway for a number of disease processes. Simply put, this can hasten the process of ageing such as wrinkles, dry skin, disabilities and diminished immunity to infections.
Normally, the body can handle free radicals, but if antioxidants are unavailable, or if the free-radical production becomes excessive, cellular damage can occur. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age. Antioxidant is the name given to a whole host of foods and products that serve to collect, or scavenge, the excessive free radicals that cause damage to cells. The benefits of antioxidants are that they help to solve the problems listed above by mopping up the free radicals in the system. They are nature’s perfect clean-up tools. While it’s ideal to get the antioxidants we need from our normal diet, industrial farming techniques have decimated our soil and depleted the nutrients in our food.
This is where the importance of drinking Willard Water comes into play. As the testing done by the University of Washington shows, imply adding ¼ teaspoon of Willard Water to three glasses of water per day can significantly enhance our bodies’ ability to remove these harmful free radicals. Removing these free radicals in turn has been linked to a whole host of health benefits from better aging, to reduced incidence of disease to more energy. The more scientists learn about free radicals the more they link degenerative diseases to them.
So when your friends and family ask why you drink Willard Water, tell them it’s because you care about your good health. If you’d like to read the University of Washington study to learn more about the role Willard Water plays in free radical scavenging, you can find it on our website here.
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