Green Tea Helps Neutralize Free Radicals
If you have read many health articles, you have probably heard of free radicals. Free radicals occur when oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with electrons that don’t have a partner. Those electrons then scavenge through the body, looking for another one to partner with. While the chemical process may sound harmless, and though it occurs naturally, free radicals are behind diseases ranging from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s to atherosclerosis. They destabilize molecules throughout the body, thereby wreaking havoc.
Green tea contains high levels of antioxidants, which reverse the oxidative stress that causes free radicals to form. These antioxidants interrupt the process in which free radicals destabilize molecules by giving them the electrons that they need. This neutralizes the free radicals so that they no longer cause harm.