Superoxide Dismutase or SOD is an important active component in Ganoderma Lucidum herb.
It gives Ganoderma the special ability to slow down aging with long term consumption.
Superoxide Dismutase is an enzyme naturally present in human and other animals. It acts as an important front line antioxidant defense in nearly all cells exposed to oxygen.
SOD converts oxygen free radicals into oxygen and a less toxic substance, Hydrogen Peroxide.
SOD + OFR (oxygen free radical) --> H
2 (Hydrogen Peroxide) + O (Oxygen)
Hydrogen Peroxide is less harmful, which is then converted to water by your second line of defense, Glutathione Peroxidase (GPX).
GPX + H
2 --> H
2O + O
The third defense against free radical attack is Catalase which transforms the remaining oxygen free radical to water and oxygen.
Catalase + OFR --> H
2O + O
Since oxygen free radical is toxic, nearly all living things that use oxygen contain different forms of Superoxide Dismutase enzyme. SOD is a very efficient enzyme. It neutralizes oxygen free radicals nearly as fast as the two can spread together spontaneously in solution.
Researches showed that SOD helps to protect many types of cells from free radicals attack. This is an important factor in prolonging aging and preventing diseases caused by aging. SOD also protects cells from:
For SOD's anti-cancer experiment, scientists cultivated cancer cells in petri dish. Then, they drop SOD concentration into those cancer cells. Under microscrope, scientists noticed that cancer cells were deactivated and slowly died.
Among all living organisms, human has the highest SOD concentration. Therefore in theory, we can live up 125 years old. But usually when you reach 40 years old, your Superoxide Dismutase enzymes are only left half.
This is because our environment is much polluted with:
Working stress, unhealthy diet and lifestyle also create a lot of free radical stress that harm your body. So you use up most of your SOD before you reach 100 years old.
Reducing SOD level is one of the reasons we experience rapid health decline after 40 years old. In our 20s and 30s, we don't feel much difference in health. Once we enter our 40s, some health problems begin to appear.
The difference between health condition in our 50s and 40s is more significant. And our body in 60s will be even worse than in the 50s. In another word, our health begin to decline exponentially after 40 years old.
However, by consuming Ganoderma herb for long term, you can maintain your Superoxide Dismutase at a satisfactory level for a longer period. This helps to defend against free radicals attack that causes most of the common diseases today including cancer.
With this, SOD in Ganoderma Lucidum definately helps to support your body throughout the aging process and slow down aging.
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