If you’ve ever seen a piece of rusty metal or a piece of fruit rotting away on your kitchen counter, you know exactly what oxidative stress looks like. Thing is… it’s happening inside your body right now.
You see, your body uses the oxygen you breathe to get energy from the food you eat. This process, known as cellular respiration, uses oxygen to break down sugar and convert it into both energy and waste.
Superoxide, a free radical enzyme, is a byproduct of oxygen metabolism. Free radicals are the toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism. And it’s these free radicals that cause oxidative stress—the damage that occurs to your cells’ proteins, DNA, lipids and protective membranes.
Free radicals attack your body’s 80 trillion cells over 10,000 times per day. As you exercise, age, or fight stress or disease, oxidative stress increases—up to seven times, by some estimates. If it isn’t regulated, it can leave your body vulnerable to further cell damage.
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) protects you against that damage.
Scientifically speaking, SOD is an enzyme that alternately catalyzes the dismutation of the superoxide radical into either ordinary molecular oxygen or hydrogen peroxide.
Plainly speaking, SOD is a naturally occurring antioxidant, found in every living thing. This incredibly powerful enzyme disarms free radicals, improves cellular health, and protects your body from free radicals and other harmful agents that damage your cells.