And What Should We Do About Them?
From LifeVantage Science Newsletter
Back in 1969 when Dr. Joe McCord co-discovered the enzyme superoxide dismutase, or SOD, along with his mentor Irwin Fridovich, the scientific and medical communities knew very little about oxidative stress in biological systems. But in recent years, this topic has generated much interest. In fact, oxidative stress has been the subject of tens of thousands research studies and papers. It has also been linked to hundreds of health conditions.
Oxidative stress is inevitable, and it arises from rogue, unstable molecules called free radicals. Free radicals have an unsatisfied electron pair, and they roam the body in search of other compounds and molecules from which they can capture electrons in order to become stable. When free radicals steal electrons from other molecules, the attacked molecule itself becomes a free radical, starting a chain reaction that can damage cells, proteins and DNA.
Sometimes, the body deliberately makes free radicals in order to neutralize viruses and bacteria. But often, they are inadvertently created through external sources such as oxygen, cigarette smoke, pollution and radiation.
Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to completely stop the production of these free radicals. The good news is the body is equipped with antioxidants to detoxify them. SOD and another enzyme called catalase, along with the tripeptide glutathione, are deployed to eliminate free radicals, and they do so very successfully.
However, as we age, the body produces fewer of these antioxidants and more free radicals. The results of this imbalance can be severe. When free radicals overwhelm the underproduction of antioxidant enzymes, oxidative stress occurs.
LifeVantage has the key to decreasing the damage caused by these free radicals. Our flagship product, Protandim®, the Nrf2 Synergizer®, is clinically proven to reduce oxidative stress in humans by an average of 40 percent in 30 days. Protandim achieves this by inducing the protein Nrf2 to call into action more of the body’s natural antioxidant defenses, thus eliminating more free radicals and allowing cells to survive the onslaught of oxidative stress.
Free radicals will always be present in our bodies but you can give yourself the best defense possible with Protandim.