Oxidative Stress 2.0, Blood

The Oxidative Stress Analysis 2.0 nutritional test utilizes a blood sample in order to evaluate the body's oxidative stress status and antioxidant reserve. This nutritional test can help practitioners identify underlying causes and perpetuating factors for many clinical disorders and help to customize specific treatment programs.

Oxidative Stress Nutritional Testing

Oxidative stress testing is used to assess equilibrium between oxidative damage and antioxidant reserve. It is necessary to address the reserve capacity that provides protection, the enzymes that quench the free radicals, and evaluate the damage that free radical production has already caused.

Evidence is accumulating that oxidative stress is involved in many pathological processes, including:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Macular degeneration
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson'sand Alzheimer's
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Environmental sensitivity

Oxidative StressTesting and Free Radicals & Antioxidants

In the course of normal human activity energy production, detoxification of pollutants and immunologic defense mechanisms, free radicals are produced. These free radicals are unstable molecules that can extract an electron from a neighboring molecule, causing damage in the process. Unchecked free radical production accelerates the pathogenesis of human disease and aging. These free radicals are counter-balanced by theanti-oxidants present in our foods (and supplements). Dietary antioxidants (such as proanthocyanidins found in blueberries and bioflavonoids found in citrus fruits), as well as the antioxidant enzymes, superoxide dismutase andglutathione peroxidase, provide critical protection against free radical damage. Oxidative stress results when this delicate pro-oxidant/antioxidant equilibriumis disrupted in favor of the pro-oxidant (free radical) state.

Test Type: Blood Test

Analyte List
Cysteine
Cystine
Glutathione
Glutathione Peroxidase
Lipid Peroxides - Blood
Sulfate
Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
Total Antioxidant Capacity (TAC)
Specimen Requirements
1 x EDTA, 2 x Serum