On seeking natural therapy with no side effects, scientists may have a herbal remedy for the treatment of diseases associated with oxidative stress, according to studies.
Free radical or reactive oxygen species are unstable atoms with unpaired electrons on the outermost ring that are ready to donate or intercept an electron from other atoms, leading to a chain reaction which can not be stopped until they all electrons on the outermost ring are paired or inhibited by antioxidants.
On the other hand, antioxidants are stable atoms which inhibit oxidation caused by free radicals.
In healthy individuals, antioxidant enzymes produced by the liver are good enough to balance the free radical produced by the cell metabolism and external sources such as the air we breathe and the food we eat.
However, in people with a weakened immune system such as infants, children and the elderly, dietary sources from supplements, fruits and vegetables may be needed.
Oxidative stress is a result of an imbalance of the ration of free radical and antioxidant in the body. A prolonged period of oxidative stress has been found to cause proteins and lipid damage and alteration of cell DNA inducing chronic diseases such as CVD, diabetes, and cancer.
Believe it or not, free radicals also play a critical role in maintaining a certain body function. The Journal of Physiology showed that free radicals act as signal substances that cause the heart to beat with the correct force.
In other words, Dr. says Håkan Westerblad said, ""Free radicals play an important role since they contribute to the heart being able to pump more blood in stress-filled situations."
The liquid is considered one of the healthy food for replacing the use of white sugar and artificial sweetener by many people.
With an aim to find a natural ingredient which enhances the cellular antioxidant defense system against diseases, researchers examined Manuka honey effects in the genotoxic and genoprotective properties in cells activity against free radicals in the ranging from 25-1000 μg/mL.
Taken altogether, Manuka honey may be considered anti hypertension functional remedy for the enhancement of the cellular antioxidant defense system with no side effects, pending to the confirmation of large sample size and multicenter human study.
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(1) Biochemical properties, antibacterial and cellular antioxidant activities of buckwheat honey in comparison to manuka honey by Deng J1, Liu R2, Lu Q3, Hao P1, Xu A1, Zhang J2, Tan J. (PubMed)
(2) Manuka honey attenuates oxidative damage induced by H2O2 in human whole blood in vitro by Živković L1, Bajić V2, Dekanski D3, Čabarkapa-Pirković A4, Giampieri F5, Gasparrini M5, Mazzoni L6, Potparević BS. (PubMed)
(3) Mitochondrial production of reactive oxygen species contributes to the beta-adrenergic stimulation of mouse cardiomycytes. by Daniel C Andersson, Jérémy Fauconnier, Takashi Yamada, Alain Lacampagne, Shi-Jin Zhang, Abram Katz & Håkan Westerblad (The Journal of Physiology)