Heavy metals in your body multiply those free radicals chain reactions several thousands, possibly several million times. When a free radical molecule hits a metal atom in your body, the effect is multiplied many-fold. This is why it is so important to remove toxic metals from your body.
Oxidation in the human body is associated with little molecules known as free radicals. When atoms come together, they form molecules. How those molecules are formed is through the joining together of the atom electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs. If something comes along (like oxygen) and strips an electron off this molecule, that molecule now has a free, unpaired electron. Now this makes for a very unhappy little electron because it is missing its partner. It now behaves quite radically – hence the name free radical. When this happens in the body, that free radical will look to find an electron anywhere it can. If it finds one on a good cell, it will snatch an electron from that cell, damaging it in the process and thereby creating another free radical. This process is repeated in infinitum until the free radical meets up with a molecule that has an extra electron that it can donate to the It’s impossible to be alive and not have some oxidative damage. Free radicals are produced by normal processes in the body, such as the production of energy and immune function. Free radicals also come from environmental sources including heavy metals, household chemicals, ultraviolet radiation, tobacco smoke, food additives, foods that have been fried in oil that’s been used over and over again (typical in many fast-food restaurants), and other pollutants. Once free radicals are released, they will multiply exponentially in chain reactions, unless they are stopped by antioxidants.
The more toxic metals in your body, the higher the free radical activity.