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Oxidative Stress and Why it Matters

Oxidative Stress and Why it Matters

06/15/2015 11:38 pm0 comments

A few months ago I was introduced to the term “oxidative stress” and since I hadn’t heard of it before I set out to do some research on it and find out what it was all about.  Turns out it is somewhat important in the aging process of our lives.  Studies have been done that show oxidative stress is responsible for such things as wrinkles, age spots, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, dementia, cancers, fibromyalgia, and many other common degenerative diseases.

Wikipedia’s definition states:

“Oxidative stress reflects an imbalance between the systemic manifestation of reactive oxygen species and a biological system’s ability to readily detoxify the reactive intermediates or to repair the resulting damage.”  

So what does that mean in some simpler language?   The way I can understand it is to compare it to the way iron rusts as it ages except with our bodies it’s like rusting from the inside.  Oxygen is very important for us to be able to live but too much of it can be destructive.  As we eat food and it is digested and gives us energy, it gets combined with oxygen and creates a by-product which is something not so nice called “free radicals”.   These are basically unstable oxygen molecules which in their effort to become stable can create more free radicals and cause chain reactions which can damage cells.

Fortunately our bodies create something called antioxidants which also come from the food we eat, especially fruits and vegetables.   The antioxidants are able to neutralize free radicals and keep them from harming our cells.  However, oxidative stress occurs when we don’t have enough antioxidants to neutralize all the free radicals which leads to cell damage.  Too much damage can lead to degenerative diseases, which usually happens as we grow older and in the latter half of our life.

The question then is how do we prevent these diseases from occurring and taking away our quality of life as we age?  A good place to start is by having enough antioxidants in our body to be able to neutralize all the free radicals and cause them to not cause any damage.   Eating a lot of fruits and vegetables is good but with our hectic pace of life and how much we would need to eat is typically not likely to happen.   So what can we do?   Well, we need good cellular nutrition and one of the best ways to achieve this is through dietary supplements.

If simply taking a dietary supplement can help with disease prevention then count me in, especially when it has the potential to improve my quality of life as I get older. Please contact me for more information on one particular supplement that studies have proven to be very effective in reducing oxidative stress.

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