While many people may have heard of the words “antioxidant” or “free radical,” many have never heard of the term “oxidative stress.” The three terms actually go hand in hand and are more related than you might think. Hopefully, after reading this article, you will have a better idea of what oxidative stress is, how it can harm out bodies, and what solutions are out there to help fight it. In addition, you will realize why all three of these terms are related to one another.
Q: What is oxidative stress?
A: Physiological imbalance in our bodies that creates free radicals and can potentially harm our body's defense system.
Q: Why is this harmful to my body?
A: Whenever your body has free radicals, it means there are tons of little ions looking for a free electron. Whenever these ions can not find one, they bounce around our bodies damaging our DNA and the functioning of our cells.
Q: Can you give any proof this happens?
A: Think of whenever an engine rumors or fruit goes bad. These events happen due to oxidation in the air. While we do need oxygen, too much exposure and harsh chemicals in the air, do damage to the surroundings.
Q: How can this damaging cells and DNA hurt my body?
A: Your DNA and cells are responsible for numerous activities that go on in your body. In particular, it is important for your body's defense system. A low immune system means that you are more prone to disease, and extremely aging.
Q: Are there any illnesses related to oxidative stress?
A: In humans it is thought to be involved in the development of heart failure, cancer, Parkinson's disease, Sickle Cell Disease, autism, Alzheimer's disease, high blood pressure, and numerous others.
Q: What is the most unusual thing you have heard it being linked to?
A: Dental Plaque
Q: Is there any way to stop oxidative stress from happening?
A: This is where antioxidants come in. These are made up of certain kinds of fruits and vegetables as well as many juices and vitamins.
Q: Is there any downside to using these methods?
A: While there is no downside, consider this. We have around 300,000,000,000,000,000,000 (three hundred sextillion) free radicals in our body. Whenever we consume one antioxidant, it eliminates one free radical. Unfortunately, with this method, we can not even begin to make a dent in the number.
Q: Is there any other solution?
A: Fortunately, there is. There is one useful thing out there that can eliminate 1 million free radicals per second, all day. This makes it much more effective than any antioxidant you can ingest from fruits, vegetables, or vitamins.
While antioxidants are very useful at combating free radicals and oxidative stress, it is not the most effective way to do so. There are other methods out there that can make a much larger impact and possibly help REVERSE this aging in your body. I hope you were able to learn a lot and now understand the huge role oxidative stress plays in our lives.