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How do free radicals cause damage to cells?

Dr. Andrea Pennington, MD
Integrative Medicine
Our cells generate highly reactive, terribly destructive entities known as free radicals. Free radicals are unstable because they have an unpaired electron, a negatively charged particle. As in many aspects of nature, most things are happy and stable when paired up. Free radicals sneak around looking for an electron pair and cause serious damage by stealing electrons from various parts of cells in nearly every tissue in the body.

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