Tremendous interest and research is currently being focused on antioxidants and their value in helping to reverse and prevent free radical damage.
By definition, free radicals are highly unstable oxygen molecules with unpaired electrons that must seek other molecules with stable electrons to achieve their own stabilization. Attaching to the stable electrons of other molecules accomplishes stability, but as a result the "good" molecule is then transformed by the free radical into another free radical whose function and shape is now altered.
Free radicals work quickly. In mere seconds, one free radical can trigger a chain reaction that produces thousands of additional free radicals.
The damage caused by the free radicals can range from cell damage to the ultimate of cell death. Such cellular breakdown manifests itself superficially in lines, wrinkles, dry skin, loss of elasticity, and skin discoloration.
On a deeper level, free radical destruction can substantially destroy the collagen and elastin support system, degrade DNA, damage vital enzymes, impair critical immune functions, and cause general tissue deterioration.
Certain substances termed as antioxidants have the capability of interrupting or even preventing this cellular onslaught. Another term for antioxidants is free radical scavengers.
The term scavenger refers to their ability to provide electrons so that the free radical can attach itself to the antioxidant electron and be rendered harmless before it can attach itself to a so called "healthy" radical and begin the destructive chain reaction.
Physicians and scientific researchers now recognize the tremendous preventative and anti-aging potential of topically applied preparations that contain antioxidant capabilities.
Jan Marini Skin Research has developed the antioxidant product group by incorporating substances that have proven remarkable benefits to aid in preventing one of the primary sources of cellular damage and aging.