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Oxidative Stress 2.0/Urine $395.00
This testby Genova Diagnositcs utilizes a urine sample in order to evaluate the body's oxidative stress status and antoxidant reserve. It can help practitioners identify underlying causes and perpetuating factors for many clinical disorders and to customize specific treatment programs. Especially useful in cases of chronic fatigue, xenobiotic exposure, and chronic illnesses.

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Oxidative stress at the cellular level results from many factors, including exposure to alcohol, medications, trauma, cold, toxins or radiation. Although the biochemical significance of oxidative stress has been proven in relation to a vast range of degenerative disorders, including cancer, diabetes, premature aging, Alzheimer's and many others, until recently it has been difficult to assess its impact upon individuals and then measure effectiveness of therapeutic intervention.

Genova Diagnostic Laboratory's Oxidative Stress Profile is a sensitive assessment utilizing challenge substances to evaluate the bodys' oxidative stress status, antioxidant reserve and interrelationship with liver detoxification. This test provides a powerful window on the status of the body's intra-cellular health, and allows clinicians to develop individual therapies for patients and monitor treatment progress.

Free Radicals & Antioxidants

In the course of normal human activity – energy production, detoxification of pollutants and immunologic defense mechanisms, free radicals are produced. These free radicals are unstable molecules that can extract an electron from a neighboring molecule, causing damage in the process. Unchecked free radical production accelerates the pathogenesis of human disease and aging. These free radicals are counter-balanced by the anti-oxidants present in our foods (and supplements).

Dietary antioxidants (such as proanthocyanidins found in blueberries and bioflavonoids found in citrus fruits), as well as the antioxidant enzymes, superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase, provide critical protection against free radical damage. Oxidative stress results when this delicate prooxidant/ antioxidant equilibrium is disrupted in favor of the pro-oxidant (free radical) state.

Evidence is accumulating that oxidative stress is involved in many pathological processes, including:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Cancer
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Macular degeneration
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Environmental sensitivity
  • Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

In a chain-like reaction, free radicals can cause cellular damage by oxidizing nucleic acids, proteins, and membrane lipids. Cellular mitochondria play an important role in aging and disease by being both a significant source of radicals and a primary site of free radical damage. Antioxidants blunt the production of compounds that create inflammation in the body.

Oxidative Stress Testing 
To assess equilibrium between oxidative damage and antioxidant reserve, it is necessary to address the RESERVE capacity that provides protection; the ENZYMES that quench the free radicals; and evaluate the DAMAGE that free radical production has already caused.

  • A blood sample measures anti-oxidant reserve and enzyme function including: whole blood Glutathione, Total Antioxidant Capacity, and the enzymes Superoxide Dismutase and Glutathione Peroxidase. Additionally, blood markers of damage measure lipid peroxides (oxidative damage to cell membranes).
  • A urine sample to measure free radical damage, including lipid peroxides (oxidative damage to cell membranes) and 8-hydroxy-deoxyGuanosine (oxidative damage to DNA).

All lab tests can be done through the mail in the privacy of your own home, except blood tests, we send you to a lab to have your blood drawn for these. After you pay for the test we mail you the kit, the results take two weeks, the test results will be mailed to us and we will call you to go over the results, its that easy! All tests include the consultation for the report of findings.

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