Oxidative Stress

What is oxidative stress?

Parkinson's and Oxidative Stress

Environmental pollutants, smoke, toxins, chemicals in processed foods, cleaning products etc all cause free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are damaging to us. Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance between the production of these free radicals and the inability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants.

Research shows that people with Parkinson’s suffer greater levels of oxidative stress and also have lower levels of antioxidants to deal with it.

Why do we need to control free radicals?

Free radicals are very unstable and react quickly with other compounds, trying to recapture the needed electron in order to regain their own stability. Generally, free radicals attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” its electron. When the “attacked” molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical itself, beginning a cascade like chain reaction of cellular disruption, much like dominoes all tumbling over in a line.
Normally, the body can handle free radicals, but if antioxidants are unavailable to correct the damage, or if the free-radical production becomes excessive, then serious damage can occur and inflammation sets in. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age.

Antioxidants are the key to quelling free radical damage

Usually, the brain and body has mechanisms to get rid of free radicals but, people with Parkinson’s have often lost this capability.

Glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant, is critical to our needs but research shows that Parkinson’s people are typically deficient in glutathione.

So, in the absence of glutathione, and sufficient quantities of other antioxidants such as vitamin C and E, there is nothing to protect the brain against the destructive effects of free radicals.

The importance of glutathione

Despite Glutathione being the bodies master antioxidant and at the forefront of the battle against health damage I’ve never heard a single doctor mention glutathione, nor its importance to our good health. You’ll be left in no doubt of its importance if you go to this site

View this video to see the impact of glutathione delivered intravenously:

How to increase your levels of glutathione

Go to Parkinson’s Recovery to read how specific dietary supplements can boost your levels of glutathione, and other antioxidants.