The best way to check your risk of heart attacks and stroke is not a cholesterol panel. Oxidative stress is the marker you need to know.
Oxidative stress plays a significant role in cardiovascular diseases and, in fact, all diseases from cancer to dementia.
What is Oxidative Stress?
Think of oxidative stress like a battle inside our bodies. Our cells use the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat to make energy. This process creates waste products called “free radicals.” Free radicals are like tiny troublemakers that can damage our cells. Our body has a superhero team you probably have heard of called antioxidants that usually keep these troublemakers in check. But if there are too many free radicals and not enough superheroes, it causes oxidative stress.
What are Lipid Peroxides?
Lipid peroxides are a bit like rusty fats. They happen when free radicals attack fats in our blood and cells, especially in our heart and blood vessels. This “rust” can make the walls of our blood vessels rough and sticky, leading to problems like atherosclerosis, where our arteries get clogged and hard.
Studies have shown that oxidative stress and lipid peroxides are closely linked to heart diseases. When our blood vessels get damaged by these rusty fats, it can lead to atherosclerosis, which is a big word for when our arteries get clogged. This can make it hard for blood to flow and can lead to heart diseases like heart attacks and strokes.
Scientists have done a lot of research to understand these processes. They found that oxidative stress plays a big role in atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases (ACVDs), including conditions like coronary artery disease and heart failure (source).
Knowing the levels of oxidative stress and lipid peroxides helps us to look for an underlying cause. The answer is not pharma. The answer is to find the cause(s) of oxidative stress and lipid peroxides and get rid of them.
That is what we do at Natural Heart Doctor. We find the cause(s) of the disease. But it starts with a test like the lipid peroxides test assessing oxidative stress. This is a simple urine test that you can purchase here. It is done in the comfort of your own home without the need to see a doctor or go to a lab. Order the test and we ship it to you.
Then, you have a complementary call with one of the NHD certified health coaches to review your results and come up with a customized action plan.
Yes, it’s that easy!
I made a short three-minute video about oxidative stress testing. Click to play so you can watch it.