Antioxidants are a big buzzword today. If you happen to do any causal reading about health and healing, you will likely see the term mentioned. Currently, the major focus is studying which foods that contain antioxidants and what behaviors that can boost the antioxidant activity in the body. The importance of antioxidant activity in the body is essential and cannot be overstated. But you may be asking, “What do they really do?”
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as, “not merely the absence of disease [symptoms]” but complete well being. Based on this, it would be unwise to merely focus of symptoms as a gauge to health. We refer to “symptoms” as Secondary Conditions because they are the physical manifestation of deeper underlying cause. It is therefore vital to base our care on underlying FUNCTION rather than solely on how a patient is feeling. Function can measured in more than one way. We use functional testing during each visit to measure improvements from treatment. But did you know that Antioxidant activity can also be positively affected by Structural Chiropractic Care?
Your Cells Will Thank You
DNA is the genetic blueprints of our cells, providing information needed for growth and repair. Housed in the center of the cell, they ensure that the cell functions properly. DNA, however, is susceptible to damage from free radicals that cause oxidative stress. Free radicals are why antioxidants are needed in the body. Without them, free radicals react with healthy cells and cause mutations. Mutations prevent important activity, one of which is DNA repair.
Through exposure to things in the environment and metabolic activity, our bodies experience stress. A properly functioning cell is able to adapt and eliminate stress from free radicals through repair mechanisms contained within the DNA. Serum thiols in blood samples are a way to measure this DNA repair activity.
Chiropractic Improves Antioxidant Enzyme Activity
There is now science behind the chiropractic-antioxidant connection. In one scientific study, serum thiols were measured in asymptomatic chiropractic patients, and those who were not under chiropractic care. It was found that patients under long-term chiropractic care had higher levels of serum thiol. This shows DNA repair was more active in chiropractic patients than those who were not under regular care.
DNA repair essential to prevent accelerated aging. Protection care in our office is not only recommended because we want you feeling better, but because we know your cells can function to a higher potential. Healthy cells mean healthy organs, bones, and tissues.