WHAT IS OXIDATIVE STRESS?

It is ironic that oxygen, an element that is essential for life, under certain situations has detrimental effects on the human body.²⁵

Most of the potentially harmful effects of oxygen are due to the formation and activity of a number of chemical compounds, known as free radicals/ROS.²⁵,²⁶ Free radicals are destructive because they are like bullies that beat up on other cells and steal their vital electrons.²⁵

Electrons come in pairs, so free radicals try to stabilise themselves by stealing an electron from another oxygen molecule.²⁵

Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the systemic manifestation of ROS and the body’s ability to detoxify and to repair resulting damage.²²,²⁶

It is ironic that oxygen, an element that is essential for life, under certain situations has detrimental effects on the human body.²⁵

Most of the potentially harmful effects of oxygen are due to the formation and activity of a number of chemical compounds, known as free radicals/ROS.²⁵,²⁶ Free radicals are destructive because they are like bullies that beat up on other cells and steal their vital electrons.²⁵

Electrons come in pairs, so free radicals try to stabilise themselves by stealing an electron from another oxygen molecule.²⁵

Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the systemic manifestation of ROS and the body’s ability to detoxify and to repair resulting damage.²²,²⁶