Oxidative Stress: The What, Where and Why those Free Radicals are Taking Over
Roki Prunali | Thursday January 25th 2018
Pandora’s box was completely ripped apart for me when my nutritionist suggested I take my latest bi-annual s-DROM’s blood test. Until now, I would take the test send him my results, and then he would then prescribe me vitamins and supplements to integrate into my diet. As the obedient patient that I am, never asking questions and having complete trust in whatever any doctor ever told me, I always just complied and took the supplements.
My most recent test, however, revealed a gastronomical reading that left me perplexed as to how it is even possible that this value is even higher than the last time I took the test while following the doctor’s orders. I mean, I will admit it; I was not strictly following the diet, which we all know is highly important part of the battle.
You all know me by now, that when my interest is piqued in the health realm, I must indulge myself in anything and everything that has to do with my current obsession. So, I had my nutritionist lay it all on the table.
By the way, what the hell does this s-DROM’s even measure? Have you ever heard of oxidative stress? I know, you have heard of it, but just like me you have no idea what it actually means. The actual textbook definition of oxidative stress is an imbalance between the free radicals attacking (oxidation) the body’s structures and the defenses (reduction) that our bodies use to counteract, also known as the antioxidants.
Huh? Just think about an apple how it turns brown when exposed to air and sits for a while, our cells can rust, or oxidize due to oxidatvie stress caused by those pesky free radicals. Those free radicals form metabolites (the ROM) and hydroperoxides (ROOH), which can be defined as markers of cellular damage from free radicals. The d-ROM’s test can determine the blood concentration of these reactive oxygen metabolites (ROM) and the hydroperoxides (ROOH).
Ok so enough of that science mumbo jumbo, let’s get to the gritty about oxidative stress – what causes it? It may be that you are lacking in your antioxidants and over time, the free radicals would have just completely taken reign over your body. This can happen by following a diet that is poor in exogenous antioxidants (found in your fruits and veggies).
Or the opposite can be true, that you there has been a significant increase, or even chronic appearance, of free radicals in your system, thus causing an erosion of the body’s defenses. Now it is suddenly becoming so clear why maybe I am continuously getting sick. So, where do we find these free radicals, you may ask. Ultraviolet rays, X-rays, air pollution, food and drink additives (think dyes and preservatives), cigarette smoking, aerobic exercise and obesity… just to name a few.
No what do I do? My nutritionist, Dr. Caletti, says, “Controlling inflammation production is mandatory as a starting point. This is done on the one hand with strict attention to the daily intake of carbohydrates. Moreover, based on the level of oxidative stress, there are really efficient supplements, which can act in a healthy way for your body. After more than twenty years of study and research on the subject, and thanks to the clinical experience with my patients, I have been able to create very useful formulations that act in a targeted way on the reduction of oxidative stress. The foods that I recommend, in any case, to maintain an adequate oxidative-reductive balance, called oxidative state, are berries, some spices, such as Ceylon cinnamon, and drinks like green tea. To avoid are all the sugary foods and drinks (including cereals of course) that increase, in addition to inflammation, also directly from the production of free radicals.”
He also states, “If a patient with a high d-Rom’s value is taking iron supplements, the first thing to do is to stop taking them. There are other possibilities of taking iron by mouth which do not increase oxidative stress compared to what they do to commonly used iron supplements.”
Take note, Pretty Birds, and if this is something plaguing you as much as myself, take a visit to your doctor to check it out.