Oxidative Stress

We all know that oxygen is necessary for the maintenance of life. Still, many people do not realise that this same major element can become dangerous to our health, becoming the reason of many diseases and aging.

There is even such a concept as oxidising or oxidative stress. In this case, we are exploring the so-called ‘dark side’ of oxygen. It is as if we are accumulating ‘rust’, both outside and inside. As metal is gradually oxidised, so are we! The same thing happens to a cut apple: it darkens.


How does it occur? One must look to attributes like metabolism, level of physical exercise and even breathing. These elements, if not ideal, can promote the development of free radicals. These highly active and toxic particles are capable of starting a chain reaction under the skin surface, causing damage.

Free radicals are, as a rule, neutralised by antioxidants, such as vitamin C and vitamin E. However, when an organism is ‘overflowed’ with free radicals, available antioxidants are not enough. This can lead to presenilation and can even become the reason for the growth of tumour cells. It has been revealed that oxidising stress is often connected with the beginnings (or an exacerbation) of such diseases as cancer, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, infertility, osteoporosis, bronchial asthma, renal failure and diseases of the thyroid gland.

According to available research, it is accepted that the most frequent reasons for the formation of free radicals must include excessive time in the sun, smoking, stress and obesity.

Other factors causing oxidising stress include:

  • alcohol overconsumption
  • air pollution and food (chemical fertilisers)
  • food in packages
  • chemical additives, preservatives, hormones in food
  • chronic psychological stress
  • foods with a low maintenance of antioxidants
  • sleep disorder
  • inactivity or excessive training
  • Female hormonal preparations, including contraceptive tablets

Assessment of an oxidising stress

Today, there is an opportunity to determine levels of oxidising stress and to estimate the antioxidant potential of an organism using one, simple test!

From a finger, a couple of drops of blood are taken. The results of this test are ready in five minutes. This simple test provides an exact quantitative assessment of the level of present free radicals, before they can lead to damage (an aggression assessment). The test also allows for an estimate of the antioxidant potential of any organism (a protection assessment).

Fortunately, our bodies are capable of removing (independently) enough free radicals to (usually) preserve the overall health of our bodies. Still, how can we help it to do this more efficiently?

Treatment of an oxidizing stress

A special diet, rich in products containing antioxidants, is the best prevention and treatment for an oxidising stress. However, it is important to remember that the quantity of antioxidants must be determined on an individual basis, taking into account the specific requirements of each person. An uncontrolled consumption of antioxidants can have a boomerang effect and actually lead to the oxidation of a person, with significant side effects. Therefore, do not risk this inevitability. Contact an expert before making any decision.

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