See that old car? It was once a shiny, well-oiled machine that could go for miles and miles on end. Now, after years of use, that rusty car is broken down and isn’t able to perform the way it used to.
Think of this car as your body. As we age, our body deteriorates through a process called oxidative stress which breaks down and destroys healthy cells in our body.
To put it simply, oxidative stress is a result of free radical molecules penetrating and damaging cells in your body. Free radical molecules are unstable, as they are missing electrons and attempt to react with other molecules in order to obtain those missing electrons.
Remember O₂ from chemistry class? In nature, all oxygen molecules consist of 2 oxygen atoms bonded together. When the molecule is split into 2 single oxygen atoms, they become free radicals (each missing an electron, looking for other atoms to bond to).
What Are Some Causes of Oxidative Stress?
Exercise and physical stressors
Smoking & alcohol consumption
Long-Term Effects of Oxidative Stress:
Oxidative stress can lead to a variety of ailments including:
Neurodegenerative diseases & disorders – such as Alzheimer’s & dementia, Parkinson’s.
How Can I Reduce Oxidative Stress?
While oxidative stress is a normal part of your body’s functionality, there are ways to minimize the damage it causes and mitigate the risks of some of the previously mentioned health issues. Some of the ways include:
Antioxidant-rich diet: Antioxidants bind to free radicals and provide the necessary electrons to prevent free radicals from attacking other healthy cells in your body. Common sources of antioxidants include: tea & coffee, fruits & vegetables, cocoa (specifically dark chocolate), and nuts.
Cellev8 gummiesare an excellentsource of SOD, one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature, an enzyme that helps reduce oxidative stress through eliminating harmful free radicals in the body.