Have you heard the term oxidative stress? Do you have any idea as to what it is? You’re definitely not alone! In fact, very few people seem to know what it is and yet, there are over 210 000 medical research papers published on it and how it relates to every known disease and cancer.
When I had lunch with my medically trained friend and she mentioned oxidative stress to me, I had no idea what she was talking about. At first the information was all a little overwhelming but as I listened and I heard how doctors and scientists are realising that it is the underlying cause of most illnesses, ageing and disease, I wondered how it was that the world didn’t already know about it.
The discovery of Penicillin
In 1928 penicillin, the first true antibiotic, was discovered by Alexander Fleming. In 1942 the first patient was successfully treated for streptococcal septicemia in the United States.
In 1943, during World War ll there were only 400 million units of penicillin available. It greatly reduced the number of deaths and amputations of troops during World War II and by the time the War ended, U.S. companies were making 650 billion units a month.
It took 15 years for Alexander Flemmings world changing discovery of penicillin to become known and, to date, penicillin has become the most widely used antibiotic in the world.
Oxidative stress and Nrf2 activation is yet to become well known, but my guess is that in years to come, it will be a household name, similar to that of penicillin or vitamin C!
So what is Oxidative Stress?
Oxidative stress is really a fancy word for our bodies rusting from the inside. Just like an apple turns brown when it’s cut open or metal begins to rust, our bodies are effected by oxidation.
When we breath in oxygen, the oxygen molecules split into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs so they hunt around scavenging electrons off healthy cells so they can become a pair again. These scavengers are called free radicles and by stealing electrons from healthy cells they cause damage to our cells, proteins and DNA. As they steal electrons they create a knock on effect as more healthy cells become unstable and turn into more free radicles.
Oxidative stress happens when there are more free radicals present in our cells than can be kept in balance by antioxidants. The free radicals can start doing damage to fatty tissue, DNA, and proteins in your body, and because they make up a large part of your body, that damage can lead to a vast number of diseases over time.
What causes oxidative stress?
There are many things that cause oxidative stress in our bodies but let’s just say that the environment that we are living in, in this 21st century, is a huge contributing factor.
Our cells are effected by: chronic physiological stress, environmental toxins (pollution), Toxic personal and cleaning products, sleep disruption (think LED lights from technology devices), physical inactivity, infections, GM foods and industrial vegetable oils (canola, soybean, peanut oils), radiation (microwave, phones, 5G) and over activity amongst other things.
How does Oxidative Stress Effect Me?
Oxidative stress effects your cells and your cells are the building blocks of your tissue, your organs and your systems. So just think.. if the cells in your gut are damaged you may experience leaky gut, IBS or Crohn’s. If your skin cells are damaged by oxidative stress you may experience dermatitis or psoriasis. If your brain cells are damaged you may develop alzheimers or mental health disorders…. you get the picture.
Managing and Preventing Oxidative Stress
It’s impossible to completely avoid free radical exposure and oxidative stress. However, there are things you can do to minimize the effects of oxidative stress on your body. The main thing you can do is to increase your levels of antioxidants to fight free radicals and ensure your cells are as healthy as you can get them.
Nrf2 to the Rescue
Protandim Nrf2 is a master antioxidant regulator. It activates your body to make the three most powerful antioxidants, glutathione, catalase and SOD. These antioxidants are produced in our bodies in abundance when we are young but around the age of 24 their production begins to slow down. This is the normal progression of the ageing process. When the production of these antioxidants slows down and free radicles begin to outnumber them, we see the effects in our bodies with ageing and later on, disease.
So the natural answer to slowing down the ageing process is of course to increase our production of these powerful antioxidants. And how do we do that?
The most exciting research paper ever done on Protandim Nrf2 proved that it reduced oxidative stress by 40% in 30 days!
This is the answer! By lowering your oxidative stress and regenerating your body at a cellular level you will live a healthier life for longer.
A Study by Washington State University concluded that:
Nrf2 may well become the most extraordinary therapeutic and preventive breakthrough in the history of medicine. It is our opinion that raising Nrf2 is likely to be the most important health promoting approach into the foreseeable future.”
The video below is of a well-known cardiologist explaining oxidative stress and so worth watching. But go grab a coffee or tea first and then come back to watch.. 🙂
After seeing the health benefits of Protandim Nrf2 in my family, I know that I will never stop taking my little yellow pill.
There has been a flurry of universities doing research and papers published on PubMed.org in the few years as people are discovering more and more about oxidative stress, its link to disease and the power of the Nrf2 pathway. Go on… do some google searching, read some of the published papers on PubMed and watch some people on YouTube as they give their testimonies. You will be amazed.