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The Oxidata™ Test

The Oxidata™ Test enables us to determine the level of stress on your body caused by free radical activity. People of all ages can benefit from knowing if they are getting enough antioxidants in their diets and nutritional supplements to effectively counteract free radical cell damage.

Free radicals play an important role in, both in health and disease. They have been implicated in countless human disease processes, but are also vital to human health. These molecules (Reactive Oxidant Species) are extremely important to human metabolic processes according to a growing body of scientific literature.

Any molecule can become a free radical by either losing or gaining an electron. Molecules containing these uncoupled electrons are very reactive. Once free radicals are initiated, they tend to propagate by becoming involved in chain reactions with other less reactive species. The chain reaction compounds generally have longer half-lives and therefore extend the potential for cellular damage.The life of a free radical has three stages: the initiation stage, the propagation stage, and finally the termination stage. Free radicals are terminated or neutralized by antioxidants, enzymatic mechanisms, or by recombining with each other. The quest is to find that delicate balance between free radical activity and optimum antioxidant therapy- thus achieving a healthy homeostasis.

The Oxidata™ Test is a technological breakthrough which has been developed by researchers in a major university hospital to help in this important quest. This test measures the distant end of the polyunsaturated fat chain where aldehydes form as a result of free radical attacks. It is particularly valuable because it test urine where aldehyde activity is much more concentrated and therefore can provide a more accurate representation of cell damage.

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