Oxidative Stress Test (Blood Test)
Oxidative Stress (Blood Test)
The Oxidative Stress Test nutritional test utilizes a blood sample in order to evaluate the body’s oxidative stress status and antioxidant reserve. This nutritional test can help us identify underlying causes and perpetuating factors for many clinical disorders and help to customize specific treatment programs.
Oxidative Stress Nutritional Testing
Oxidative stress testing is used to assess equilibrium between oxidative damage and antioxidant reserve. It is necessary to address the reserve capacity that provides protection, the enzymes that quench the free radicals, and evaluate the damage that free radical production has already caused.
Evidence is accumulating that oxidative stress is involved in many pathological processes, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Macular degeneration
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
- Diabetes mellitus
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Environmental sensitivity
Why Oxidative Stress Testing?
We understand that you’re a busy person. In the course of your daily actitivities, your body focuses on energy production, detoxifiying pollutants, and keeping your body immune to diseases. During this time, your body also produces free radicals. These free radicals are unstable molecules that can extract an electron from a neighboring molecule, causing damage in the process. Unchecked free radical production accelerates disease and aging. These free radicals are usually counter-balanced by the antioxidants present in our foods (and supplements). Dietary antioxidants, antioxidant enzymes, superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase, provide critical protection against free radical damage. Oxidative stress results when this delicate pro-oxidant/antioxidant equilibrium is disrupted in favor of the pro-oxidant (free radical) state.