Free radicals have been a hot health topic of late. But what exactly are free radicals and how can the antioxidants in Engage Organics Salt-Free Organic Seasonings play a role in preventing their proliferation?

Free radicals are molecules that do not have an even number of electrons, so they float around “free” until they stabilize by stealing an extra electron from another cell. These free radical molecules steal electrons from a wide variety of molecules. The damage, however, doesn’t stop there, because the molecule under attack is now missing an electron, so it becomes another free radical itself, stealing from other cells in order to become stable. This snowball effect has the potential to wreck havoc on healthy tissue.

The body is equipped to handle free-radicals that arise normally during metabolism to neutralize viruses and bacteria. However, excessive free-radical production from environmental factors like pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke, and herbicides can create cellular damage and open the door to aging and disease.

There is little doubt that antioxidants are intimately involved in the prevention of cellular damage. However, the scientific community has just begun to unveil some of the mysteries surrounding this topic, despite the fact; the media continually whets the thirst of aging Boomers for more knowledge about the anti-aging and disease preventative practices of anti-oxidants.

As you might imagine, epidemiological observations show lower cancer rates in people whose diets are rich in fruits and vegetables. As a result, this has led to the theory that those diets contain substances, possibly antioxidants, which protect against the development of cancer.

Because the body is unable to manufacture the micro-nutrients that scavenge free-radicals, people are hedging their bets against the inconclusive information to prove how antioxidants slow the aging process, prevent heart disease, strokes, and cancer, by enhancing their diets with at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day to safeguard health.

As you might imagine, the downside of maintaining a diet rich in antioxidants in this fast-paced world means one has to continually keep fresh fruits and vegetables prepared and ready to eat each day.  This can be a daunting task in an already busy day.

On the other hand, there are other little-known methods that can boost your antioxidant levels with just a shake of organic salt-free spice blends, because there are antioxidants in herbs and spices.

Did you realize that one teaspoon of oregano has as much antioxidant power as 3 cups of broccoli?

So, if you have no time for shopping, chopping, and preparing the broccoli, try shaking Engage Organics Tuscany Blend into your cheese sandwich—the perfect blend of flavor and health. Add tomato and onion and count all three ingredients toward your fruit and veggie servings for the day. Smile and Do Your Heart a Flavor. ®

Tomato and Grilled Cheese Sandwich