Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress occurs when the amount of free radicals in the body outnumbers the amount of antioxidants in the body.

During cellular metabolism, cells use up oxygen to help convert food into energy, producing free radicals as a byproduct. Free radicals are highly reactive, destabilized molecules that can  interact with the body’s cell components like DNA, stealing their electrons to stabilize. By removing their electron, the free radical destabilizes the cell component, which in turn looks to stabilize by taking an electron from another molecule, triggering a chain effect. The end result is cellular damage, manifested as premature aging and emergence of chronic diseases.

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Integrative Cardiac Care for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is rather common in the United States and on Long Island. It affects about one-third of all adults living in the according to the CDC.  A concerning part of high blood pressure is its ability to have serious effects on the body with no obvious symptoms. For this reason, high blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer”.  About one out of every five adults are unaware they are even suffering high blood pressure!

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