Chiropractic Can Reduce Oxidative Stress

blueberriesWe all know that getting your daily dose of antioxidants through foods such as blueberries, sweet potatoes and kale, is an important way to ward off cell damage that may lead to diseases such as heart disease and cancer; but what if there was another way to get your antioxidants in besides eating these healthy foods?

Well, it turns out that getting chiropractic treatments is another way to release oxidative stress from the body. I know, you usually visit the chiropractor when you have a neck ache or lower back pain, but chiropractic care doesn’t just treat bodily aches and pains. It removes blockages in the body that are hindering it from working at its max potential. Chiropractors remove these blockages through manipulations that release pressure from nerves that help the brain communicate with all the other systems of the body. 

Oxidative stress is one of these blockages that can cause a battery of disorders in the body, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic fatigue syndrome. Different from emotional stress, oxidative stress occurs when there are more free radicals in the body than there are antioxidants. This type of stress can show up as cell damage to the proteins, lipids and DNA of the body. 

However, in 2005, a study was published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxations that found that chiropractic treatments were able to reduce the amount of oxidative stress in the body. The study used thiols, or antioxidant compounds found in the body, in 76 participants as a way of determining the level that DNA molecules were able to repair themselves.

High thiol levels were associated with healthy individuals, while lower thiol levels are associated with disease. Scientists have long been using this method to quantify the rate that the body is aging. The participants were divided into three groups, one which received short-term chiropractic care, another that received long-term chiropractic care and a third who was not given any chiropractic care. After two years, healthy participants who received their chiropractic care for over two years had higher thiol levels than those who were considered unhealthy. Some of the healthy participants had thiol levels that were even higher than what is typically found in a healthy individual. 

Oxidative stress is considered one of the key components in what generates aging. This stress negatively affects the bodily systems, specifically the nervous system. These types of dysfunctions are thought by chiropractors to hinder how the body repairs itself. However, it is now considered possible to disperse of this oxidative stress through chiropractic manipulations that act similar to antioxidants neutralizing free radicals.

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