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Q: Toxins vs free radicals ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Toxins vs free radicals
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: docallen-ga
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Posted: 07 Sep 2006 10:54 PDT
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Question ID: 763083
Are all toxins free radicals? If not please give examples of toxins
that are NOT free radicals. Thanks
Subject: Re: Toxins vs free radicals
Answered By: keystroke-ga on 07 Sep 2006 12:06 PDT
Hi docallen,

No, all toxins are not free radicals. In fact, none of them are. Free
radicals occur when toxins are absorbed into the body and the body
develops those toxins into chemicals within the body. Therefore, while
free radicals are eventually toxic, causing cancer and other
illnesses, toxins-- such as air, food and water pollution-- are not
free radicals. They are not chemicals within the body. There can
certainly be free radicals which certain foods always cause in the
body, but they are not free radicals until after they are absorbed and
converted into chemicals.

Here are some examples of toxins:
(commonly found in hand soaps)
(found in plastic)
Carbon monoxide
(leaking furnaces and cars)
Perfluorinated chemicals
(teflon coated cookware and stain repellents)
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
(gases found in hair sprays and other gases released as sprays)
(older homes have pipes and paint containing lead)
Pesticides and herbicides
(non-organic foods)


Search terms:
free radicals wikipedia

If you need any additional help or clarification, let me know and I'll
be glad to provide it. Thank you for your question!

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