Antioxidant is a chemical molecule which forms a shield against molecules called “free radicals” that attack cells and immune system.
Antioxidants that are produced by somatic cells hinder the disruptive effects of free radicals which can cause a great risk to the body. It also delays the chain reactions which can cause abiotrophy and many other diseases.
There are many factors that lead to the formation of free radicals. These include: Petrochemical products, X an UV rays, cigarette smoke, air pollution, even preservative substances and additives in some food and drinks.
Some enzymes are tasked against these substances which are extremely harmful for our body under normal conditions. When we breathe and take air into our lungs, these enzymes convert the harmful effects of free radicals into harmless intermediates. The enzymes in charge of this process are catalase, superoxide dismutase(SOD) and glutathione peroxidase.
Similar to cleaning workers in a nuclear reactor doing their job meticulously, catalase, superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase change the dangerous effects into less harmful ones during inhalation process.
Apart from enzymes, the vitamins E and C, the molecules called carotene and glutathione are also effective in eliminating the harmful effects of free radicals. Many vegetables and fruits, walnut, hazelnut, vegetable oils, red and white meat, fish and cereals are rich in antioxidant.
Creation of a great number of healthy foods and protective molecules to eliminate the harmful effects of free radicals, are undoubtedly a great blessing for human beings.
Humans are neither aware of the presence of free radicals posing a threat to their health, nor have the power to eliminate the reactions caused by it on their own. The intensive precautionary actions of antioxidants which exist in molecules and foods—provided for humans by Allah—conduce them to stay alive and healthy. Absence of antioxidant enzymes causes diseases and death. The existence of these enzymes also constitutes an evidence that there can’t be any gradual formation as the theory of evolution claims.
Indeed, these enzymes are able to work perfectly only when all their components are intact. In other words, a slight change in their perfect structure can cause terminal illnesses and deaths. This shows that the enzymes with their flawless structure, are created by Allah, the Almighty by His command “Be”.
He has given you everything you have asked Him for. If you tried to number Allah’s blessings, you could never count them. Man is indeed wrongdoing, ungrateful. (Surah Ibrahim: 34)