Oxidative stress, it’s a term with which you may not be familiar, but it happens to each and every one of us every time we draw a breath. When we breathe in, our bodies utilize 21% of the oxygen contained in the breath to keep all of our vital organs functioning. Our bodies are truly amazing machines and its mind blowing all the processes that go on within our body every second of every day. However, there is no avoidance of oxidative stress in our bodies, as it is simply an imbalance of free radicals and the body’s ability to neutralize them via antioxidants.
With the oxygen in each breath, the environmental pollution in the air, and even the sun all cause the body also produces free radicals. Free radicals attach themselves to proteins, DNA and RNA and damage them if not destroyed by sufficient antioxidants. The body has a process that seeks out these damaged proteins, DNA and RNA and repairs them and this is your oxidative response process.
Unfortunately, as we age, this repair process diminishes in its ability to repair free radical damage and that is when the problems can begin. Oxidative stress is linked to just about every major disease known. Some of the biggest are cancer, heart disease, respiratory diseases such as asthma, COPD, emphysema and others, diabetes, high blood pressure, low immunity, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and many others. Over the past 40 years, a significant amount of research has been done on this subject. However, in the past several years and it was discovered that antioxidants (also produced by the body) sought out and destroyed free radicals on its own. This area of research continues to be promising as the answer to the problem.
Since it is understood that the body’s ability to produce antioxidants also diminishes over time, doctors suggest adding antioxidant through food and/or supplements to the body and this will make up for the diminishing ability of the body to produce them. It is suggested to eat a balanced diet to include foods that are known to have high antioxidants capacity per serving size, such as blackberries, cranberries, blueberries for fruits studied. With Artichokes, beans, and Russet potatoes were among the highest for vegetables. There are many fruits and other foods that can be easily sourced.
To this end, you can find any number of antioxidant treatments in pill, powder and drink forms. There is nothing wrong with taking these products, but it should be noted the relationship to target and destroy free radicals is a very small proportion with limited effectiveness, simply put there’s a 1:1 ratio of a one antioxidant molecule to one free radical molecule. As research continues to explore solutions, great strides are being made by one particular company, Lifevantage. They have developed and patented an “all natural” product, called Protandim. It activates a particular protein within our cells, called Nrf2. The Nrf2 signals your cells to up-regulate genes that enable cells, know as “survival genes” to produce up to 1:1,000,000 ratio every second to fight off and survive in the face of stress from free radicals and other oxidants. In addition, it down-regulates other genes to help the body function at an optimal level. Please see this video that describes more about this product: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK6T59vszcQ or visit hlh.lifevantage.com for more details.
Oxidative stress is a silent stalker. You often don’t know about it until it’s too late in the process. It is now possible to address the problem every day, forever.
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