As part of its normal metabolic processes, the body uses and creates oxidative molecules, each capable of transferring electrons to itself from other molecules or substances. This type of reaction can create molecules known as free radicals (Davies, 1995). If left unchecked in the body, these free radicals can bind or react with different molecular structures, altering their abilities to function normally. Under normal, healthy conditions, the body’s own systems are able to create or metabolize enough antioxidant materials to neutralize the ability of these oxidative molecules to create free radicals. But when the body comes under stress—including physical stress, psychological stress, poor nutrition, or disease—the amount of oxidative molecules being produced can increase, and the delicate balance between oxidative molecules and antioxidants can be thrown off, potentially overwhelming the body’s own antioxidant mechanisms.
Take supplement as directed. Take oils in empty capsules.
The information on this page is from the book Modern Essentials: A
Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, published
by AromaTools®. Please refer to Modern Essentials for additional
information, research, and usage suggestions.
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