Clinical immunologist Lauris Līcītis points out a new trend, namely that “diseases caused by various viruses or bacteria are no longer seasonal.
Viruses love us throughout the year! Brittle hair and nails can be a signal that the body is accumulating free radicals.
Then we have to start thinking about what we are eating. It may be worthwhile to take a supplement, because urbanisation has led to a drastic fall in the concentration of nutrients in fruits and vegetables. It is not possible to eat as many apples and carrots as it would take to get the necessary amount of antioxidants.”
Not all products contain the same amount of antioxidants, and all antioxidants are not equally powerful. Astaxanthin is the most potent antioxidant found in nature. We do not have that much control over the sources of free radicals, but what we can do is eat foods rich in antioxidants!
Antioxidants are all substances that possess antioxidative properties capable of fighting free radicals.
These can be vitamins or minerals. The antioxidant astaxanthin, which works within the cell membrane, where it protects fatty acids from damage caused by oxygen, is considered to be one of the most powerful recent scientific discoveries. The membrane is one of the basic elements of a cell. If it loses functionality, the exchange of substances in the cell and its signalling functions are altered. Immunity and the body as a whole are affected. Free radicals are a normal result of physiological processes, but overproduction is caused by ionising radiation, smoking, UV radiation, air pollution. Disrupted balance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body can lead to disease, including development of oncological issues as the end result is damage to the genetic material of cells and formation of mutant cells. Predominance of free radicals in the body is also at the heart of aging processes
Stem cells are the mother cells in our bodies. If they are damaged, then all the other cells in our bodies that are derived from them will not be healthy and may even be harmful.
Every day we shed hundreds of millions of skin cells and we don’t even feel it, but as soon as there is a problem with our skin stem cells, we feel it right away – the problem persists and treatment is necessary.
One of the saboteurs of stem cells are free radicals, which can only be combatted by antioxidants.
Due to their ability to stimulate inflammation free radicals also play a part in the onset of nervous system disease. Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy – these diseases are widespread in Northern Europe, including the Baltic States, and inflammation has a hand in their development!