An oxidative stress test can determine your levels of free radicals and oxidative stress. This will allow you to make changes to your lifestyle in time to slow down your rate of aging, and increase your longevity and quality of life.
What is Oxidative Stress?
Oxidative stress is the level of damage to a cell, organ, or tissue, caused by free radicals. A “free radical,” is an oxygen molecule with a missing or unpaired electron.
These molecules “steal” electrons from other molecules thereby causing damage through the oxidation reaction they cause.
Oxidative stress and free radicals are thought to be one of the primary causes of aging, because of the damage to cells and especially DNA. When your DNA is damaged and your immune system can't repair it, cancer can be the result.
Oxidative Stress Test
This test is done in a medical lab and called the “Dry Layer Oxidative-Stress Test”
A drop of blood is placed on a glass slide in a series of layers. When the layers dry, they are studied under a microscope.
The spaces between cells are called the extra cellular matrix. When the tester looks at this matrix and makes note of what are called “polymerized proteins,” this gives a good indication of the level of oxidative stress.
Another type test is called the Mycotoxic Oxidative Stress Test. This is performed by putting a drop of blood on a slide and letting it clot for 30 seconds.
A healthy person's blood once clotted will show a red area with interconnected black lines of a protein called fibrin. Abnormal looking fibrin molecules are an indication of elevated oxidative stress and free radicals which cause disease.
Since free radical activity is a factor in nearly all diseases, this test can be used as a quick reference to determine the severity of your health problems.
Where Can You Get This Test Done
While some diagnostic testing companies may have made this test available through collection of urine samples, it is best done through your antiaging oriented doctor. Being able to read and properly interpret this test is vital to its being an effective tool.
He or she will also be able to answer questions like “what is oxidative stress,” how will it impact my health, and what can I do about it?
Please refer to the directory of antiaging doctors by state and country on this site for more information. These doctors will be familiar with the test and its uses.
The test is probably the most accurate way to check for levels of free radicals in your body. Armed with this information you will be able to effectively slow down aging by better nutrition and lifestyle changes.
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