There is nothing like the smell of a new car. You never forget the day you drive your first one off the lot … the engine smoothly purring because the catalytic converter is cleaning up the toxic by-products, or exhaust, produced by the engine. But eventually your new car ages, the catalytic converter becomes less effective, the exhaust is not very clean any more, things begin to rust and engine suffers wear and tear.
Our cells are like car engines. They have the same combustion process, produces some of the same byproducts, and clean up with similar catalytic converters. When we are young, our enzymes, our cell’s catalytic converters, function well and do a good job cleaning the toxic byproducts our bodies generate living life. But unfortunately, like cars, our bodies do not always function like news. As we age, our bodies produce more free radicals and less of the special enzymes that fight free radicals. This leads to oxidative stress.