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The OXIDATA� Test is an in office/clinic free radical test that can determine a persons free radical activity in the body within minutes. People of all ages can benefit from knowing if they are getting enough antioxidants in their diets and nutritional supplements to counteract free radical damage to cells. On the other hand, some patients may be losing free electrons in their urine, signifying low oxidation (redox). In this case, more antioxidants may worsen the condition. In some individuals, even a reasonable level of antioxidant supplementation may not be enough to handle the oxidative stress they are experiencing.
Antioxidant: A chemical compound that slows or prevents oxygen from reacting with other compounds. Some antioxidants have been shown to have cancer-protecting potential because they neutralize free radicals. Examples include vitamins C and E, alpha lipoic acid, beta carotene, the minerals selenium, zinc, and germanium, superoxide dismutase (SOD), coenzyme Q10, catalase, and some amino acids, like cystiene. Other nutrient sources include grape seed extract, curcumin, gingko, green tea, olive leaf, policosanol and pycnogenol.
Free Radical: A free radical is an atom or group of atoms that has at least one unpaired electron. Because another element can easily pick up this free electron and cause a chemical reaction, these free radicals can effect dramatic and destructive changes in the body. Free radicals are activated in heated and rancid oils and by radiation in the atmosphere, among other things.