Most of us are familiar with vaccines and that immunizations help prevent influenza and diseases. But that may be the extent of our knowledge about the immune system and how it really works.
Our immune system is part of our body’s need to get rid of wastes. Oxidants are waste products formed when oxygen is used to metabolize food and make energy. These oxidants are also referred to as free radicals because they are very unstable and circulate in the body looking to attach to body cells, in an effort to stabilize. An excess of free radicals can interfere with normal body processes, such as disrupting our protection system, the immune system. Alone or in combination with primary factors, free radicals are involved in the cause of hundreds of diseases.
To avoid free radical build up, babies are born with the antioxidant ability to fight and get rid of free radicals. These early life antioxidants are referred to as Superoxide Dismutase or SOD.
Superoxide dismutase has been found in almost all organisms living in the presence of oxygen, including some anaerobic bacteria. In humans, three forms of superoxide dismutase are present. SOD1 is located in the cytoplasm, SOD2 in the mitochondria and SOD3 is extracellular. The physiological importance of SODs is illustrated by the severe pathologies evident in mice genetically engineered to lack these enzymes. Mice lacking SOD2 die several days after birth, amidst massive oxidative stress. Mice lacking SOD1 develop a wide range of pathologies, including hepatocellular carcinoma, an acceleration of age-related muscle mass loss, an earlier incidence of cataracts and a reduced lifespan. Mice lacking SOD3 do not show any obvious defects and exhibit a normal lifespan. All three are essential for human well-being and staying alive!
SOD and Aging
SOD is made at birth but rapidly decreases with age.
Your body starts pumping SOD into your system in the first few hours of baby life. It’s absolutely necessary for survival. Unfortunately, this capability to synthesize SOD dissipates early in life, so that as we grow older we have less and less ability to synthesize SOD.
The main antioxidants created by the body, SOD, is the first line of defense against the free radical substance called superoxide. In absence of the first defensive line of SOD, we also have a backup system of getting antioxidants from eating foods rich in SOD, like broccoli, cabbage, greens, ground flax seed, melons and fruits. Unfortunately, foods provide such a weak second line of defense against free radicals that free radicals can over accumulate and disrupt [ stress ] our immune system. The immune system is particularly compromised by smoking, pollution, exposure to sunlight [ UV radiation ], infection, processed foods, sugars and aging; resulting in “oxidative stress.” [ a condition where more oxygen wastes or free radicals accumulate than can be removed by antioxidants from the body, causing stress on cells to survive. ]
So, as children, teenagers and adults, we need SOD for survival and staying healthy. Unfortunately the supplement SOD is immediately destroyed by stomach acids when ingested orally. Commonly available SOD supplements are obviously ineffective and do not work.
ASEA has been shown in studies to increase the cellular production, bioavailability and utilization of Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) by over 500%.
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Disclaimer: The information presented here is for informative and educational purposes only and is not intended as curative or prescriptive advice.