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Oxidative Stress

Have you tested your levels of oxidative stress and anti-oxidant biomarkers?

Oxidative stress is a constant force in our everyday life. When our body is able to handle and adapt effectively to the oxidative stressors we are able to get stronger and healthier. However, when the stressors become too much for our body to adapt to, we get weaker and sicker.

Low UV-B radiation protects against copper toxicity; high UV-B increases damage

If you suffer from a condition known as copper toxicity -- that is, you have too much "free copper" in your body associated with an underlying health condition such as impaired adrenal or liver function -- you may be looking for ways to reduce your overall copper load and thus avoid chronic toxicity. And one way you might be able to do this is by reducing your exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation, which one study published in the journal Plant Physiology and Biochemistry found can minimize the oxidative stress caused by copper toxicity.

Copper toxicity damages mitochondria of brain cells through oxidative, nitrosative stress

Scientists have linked copper to the development of numerous brain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, prion conditions such as mad cow disease, and Wilson's disease. Although it remains unclear exactly what role copper plays in such brain damage, at least one study suggests that the mineral's oxidative properties may be partly to blame.

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