Scientists may have found a safe and low cost home base exercise in increased antioxidants in fighting against free radical and inflammations in infectious expression, according to studies published online public medical library.
Yoga, the ancient technique for harmonized external and internal body wellbeing, through breath control, meditation, bodily movement and gesture..... has been best known for people in Western world and some parts in Asia due to health benefits reported by various respectable institutes' research and supported by health advocates.
In the study on healthy volunteers recruited from among university students, divided into two groups: a control (no yoga intervention, n=13) group and a yoga (n=12) group with practice with an instructor for 90 minutes once a week spread over 12 weeks, with recommendations to practice daily at home for 40 minutes with the help of a DVD, researchers indicated that free radical expression of serum levels of nitric oxide, F2-isoprostane, and lipid peroxide were significantly decreased in yoga group due to yoga in stimulated production of antioxidants in interception of free radicals unstable configuration in release of electrons before exerting chain reaction in compared to control.
In deed, yoga breathing and meditation enhanced the the balance of body and mind, caused by the stress, thus improving the blood circulation to nourish the cells in the body with nutrients and oxygen and keep the free radicals in check which are present in our body through daily activities such as breathing, exposure to the environment, food intake,....
The environment superoxide anion, hydrogen peroxide and extremely reactive hydroxyl radical in induction of oxygen toxicity are also inhibited by antioxidant over expression in yoga group.
Furthermore, yoga exercise increased digestive system in generated antioxidants such as serum total glutathione (GSH) contents, GSH-peroxidase, and GSH-s-transferase through food intake to balance the over expression of ROS activities but also reduced stress implication in production of Malondialdehyde (MDA)which is considered a marker of oxidative stress in compared to control, observed by the initial blood samples obtained from both the group before and after yoga training.
Additionally, researchers also found that beside improved antioxidant explicitly, yoga group also significantly increased immune function in protection of our body against damage to the body during the acute phase of infection by regulated production of anti inflammatory mytokines and pro inflammatory cytokines in ameliorated symptoms of inflammation.
More importantly, unlike the other types of exercise, yoga group also demonstrated a significant lower levels of nitric oxide, a free radical with duo activity but in excess, it can cause certain damage to the body tissue.
Yoga participated group demonstrated a reduced glutathione level at the beginning but increased significantly at the end of training in compared to control group.
Interestingly, in compared to the levels of antioxidant in the both groups researchers surprisingly found that total antioxidant status were increased strongly in the yoga group but decreased significantly in the control group.
Due to yoga effect in promoted antioxidant and reduced oxidative stress through improved immune activities, some researchers suggested yoga may be used as an home base excise to promote healthy lifestyles (balanced diet and moderate intensity exercise) in vulnerable populations, such as menopausal women, in prevention of aging induced oxidative stress-related diseases, according to the study of an urban community in Bangkok (Thailand) between May and August 2007 conducted by the Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, in premenopausal and postmenopausal women.
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Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bio science, ISSN 0975-6299.
(1) Regular Yoga Practice Improves Antioxidant Status, Immune Function, and Stress Hormone Releases in Young Healthy People: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Controlled Pilot Study.
Lim SA1, Cheong KJ1.(PubMed)
(4) Effect of yoga on Free radical and Antioxidant status in Healthy Adults Mahalakshmamma Vandavasi 1 , Puli Sreehari 2 , Chintala Durga Sukumar(ORIGINAL ARTICLE)