Oxidative distress – damage from free radicals


Oxidative distress is an imbalance between oxidants (e.g. free radicals) and antioxidant molecules.


What are free radicals?

Free radicals (ROS – Oxygen Free Radicals) are unstable molecules that, if not neutralized, can cause a lot of damage at the level of the cell, the cell membrane and predisposition to the development of degenerative diseases. They are no foreign substances, but simply the product of cell metabolism; in fact, many physiological and pathological processes (cigarette smoking, inflammation, infections, carcinogenesis, aging, cellular repair processes, radiation, trauma, drugs etc.) can increase the production of oxidizing substances and impair the antioxidant defence system.


What are the consequences of Oxidative Distress?

The consequences of oxidative distress are innumerable. Any tissue may suffer the consequences, and the clinical picture may be very different:

  • Pain
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Premature aging, etc.


What can be done to reduce oxidative distress?

To limit the effects – sometimes devastating – of oxidative distress, the body produces substances that neutralize free radicals.

The supply of antioxidants is often insufficient to compensate the amount of free radicals we produce. In these cases, additional antioxidants such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes etc. are necessary.

Importantly, an excess of antioxidants could be just as damaging as the excess of free radicals. Our aim will be to find the balance.


How do we analyse the stocks of free radicals?

Ortho-bio-med has a tool that allows us to analyse free radicals, using a few drops of blood. Two values will be analysed:

  • D-Roms: indicates the amount of oxidants present in our body. A rising level indicates the presence of a high proportion of free radicals, which can be a contributory cause to many diseases as well as a premature aging;
  • BAP: indicates the antioxidant power, that is, how we can defend ourselves from the attacks of free radicals.

This test will enable us to plan appropriate and custom treatment, according to the individual needs of the patient.

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