Free Radicals vs. Antioxidants

When Free Radicals Induce Oxidative Stress, Antioxidants Come To The Rescue

Free Radicals vs. Antioxidants
Add to Favorites Free radicals happen. They happen to us humans, and they happen to our chickens. They are unstable molecules that damage body cells, impair immunity and contribute to the development of disease. They also hasten aging. Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals outnumber the body’s supply of antioxidants — natural compounds that repair the damage caused by free radicals, and that also destroy the radicals. For our chickens to enjoy long and healthy lives, we need to control oxidative stress by ensuring our birds get sufficient antioxidants to keep free radicals in check. How Free Radicals Happen We all, chickens and humans alike, take oxygen into our bodies by breathing. Oxygen regulates metabolism, the process encompassing all physical and chemical reactions that maintain the body, including blood flow, heartbeat and energy production. Due either to natural cellular activity or to environmental toxins, the occasional oxygen molecule loses an

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