Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals occur when oxygen molecules split into single atoms with unpaired electrons. These atoms are called free radicals and seek out other electrons to combine with, causing damage to cells, protein and DNA. Free radicals are by-products of chemical processes in the body, but having too much can cause an imbalance and damage. That’s where antioxidants can come in and pair up with the free radicals to restore the balance between the two.
Free radicals and antioxidants both perform different functions in the body, and it’s important to maintain a healthy balance between the two. When free radicals are higher than antioxidants, it can cause a state of oxidative stress, which leads to DNA damage and even cell death. DNA damage can result in a higher risk of cancer and ageing.
Some well-known antioxidants include beta-carotene and other carotenoids, lutein, resveratrol, vitamin C, vitamin E, lycopene and other phytonutrients.
Several lifestyle factors can also increase oxidative stress, such as:
- Drinking alcohol
- Excessive exercise
- Too much or too little oxygen in the body
- High levels of blood sugar
While you can obtain more antioxidants from foods like green tea and berries, taking an additional antioxidant supplement can benefit your health as well.
Fact99 was invented in 1975 by Dr Kokichi Hanaoka as a natural super-antioxidant made from fermented brown rice stalk that is fermented for 10,000 hours or 400 days in Japan. It is 21.3 times more powerful than vitamin C without side effects and turns harmful radicals to harmless water. Fact99 allows the p-53 gene to naturally repair the damaged cells in our body and to potentially recover them to healthy cells.