A healthy, perfectly functioning cell constantly seeks a state of equilibrium. Unfortunately, adverse conditions (e.g. pollution, stress, excessive sun exposure, insufficient sleep, poor nutrition, alcohol, tobacco, etc.) can disturb your cells’ balance. These attacks can lead to the overproduction of damaging oxidants, such as free radicals and associated toxic substances. A certain level of oxidants is healthy- the immune system, for instance, uses oxidants to fight pathogens. Left unchecked, however, free radicals can modify the structure of cell membranes, proteins, lipids and even nucleic acid (DNA). This imbalance is called oxidative stress and can affect cellular youth, initiating or aggravating many degenerative diseases and aging processes such as:
- atherosclerosis with coronary and cerebral complications
- neuro-degenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s)
- accelerated cell aging
- malfunctions leading to many cancers
- metabolic and immune disorders
Oxidative stress can also result in other complaints such as fatigue, low energy, graying of hair, brittle hair and nails, skin problems, and premature aging of skin and other tissues.
Oxidative stress affects our cells and the organelles within them, altering their performance and disrupting their necessary functions.