WHAT IS OXIDATIVE STRESS?
Oxidative stress is caused by an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants. The body produces free radicals during its normal metabolic process. A free radical is an oxygen-containing molecule that has one or more unpaired electrons, making it highly reactive with others. When the body doesn’t have enough antioxidants to neutralize these free radicals, the excess will begin to lead to cell, tissue, and DNA damage. This imbalance can be caused by many factors, such as environmental conditions, e.g. smog and pollutants, pesticides, noise, and even crowds. It can also be caused by poor diet and water quality, chemicals, drugs, excessive activity, injuries, and obesity.
If untreated, this damage can lead to many pathophysiological conditions in the body. Oxidative stress has been linked to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, cancers, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart and blood vessel disorders, atherosclerosis, heart failure, heart attack, inflammatory diseases, and premature aging.
CAUSES OF OXIDATIVE STRESS
Injury & Infection
Alcohol & Smoking
Leveraging antioxidant properties have shown clear benefits. Clearly, part of the solution for combating oxidative stress is to find its antidote. Antioxidants may be used in disease prevention by neutralizing free radicals in the body. By donating its own electron, it stabilizes the free radical molecule to a non-reactive state. Studies show this act of self-healing supplies multiple health benefits, both physical and physiological. The wonder molecule, C60, is known as the world’s strongest scavenger because it possesses large amounts of conjugated double bonds which can easily take up electrons. This free radical sponge is 172 times stronger than Vitamin C.