What this test shows
The body produces free radicals in the course of normal activities such as energy production, detoxification of pollutants, and fighting infections. Free radicals are unstable molecules which circulate round the body causing damage, which ultimately leads to disease and aging. Antioxidants present in foods such as berries and and citrus fruits, as well as the antioxidant enzymes produced by the body – superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase – neutralise and protect against free radical damage. Oxidative stress results when we have insufficient antioxidants to counter the free radicals. This test evaluates the body’s oxidative stress status and antioxidant reserve.
Who this test is for
This test is for those concerned about the following health conditions, which are associated with oxidative stress: rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, cancer, macular degeneration, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimers, arthritis, diabetes mellitus (type 1 diabetes), atherosclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, environmental sensitivity.
Sample type: Blood – you will need to arrange to attend one of our phlebotomy clinics to get a blood draw; click here to find your nearest clinic, surgery or hospital offering this service.
Turnaround time: 18 days