What is Homeostasis and Why is it Important?
Homeostasis – the maintenance of a constant internal environment.
Our bodies are always seeking to achieve homeostasis and maintain a constant internal environment of a cell, organ or whole system. This is despite the many disturbances that can be caused by rigorous training schedules, illness or general day-to-day life. Our body is very good at maintaining homeostasis; if it wasn’t, we wouldn’t have survived for so many millions of years. Sometimes, though, it needs a helping hand. Sometimes we need to aid our body in restoring homeostasis.
Inflammation and How it Effects Homeostasis
Inflammation is a challenge to our bodies’ mechanisms of maintaining homeostasis. Inflammation can be caused by bacterial or fungal infections, psychological or physical stress, a lack of sleep and air pollutants. Inflammation has been shown to negatively affect our joints, tendons and ligaments, our nervous and immune systems, plus also impair liver function. While the body has natural mechanisms to combat inflammation via antioxidants, for some this is not enough. For some, we need to support our body to deal with inflammation and return the body to its natural internal environment. We need to look to a combination of a healthy date and supplementation of natural herbs and antioxidants to support inflammation management and recovery.†
Turmeric, a dried powder derived from the stem of the Curcuma longa plant. It has been used for centuries in certain parts of the world and has been linked to numerous biological activities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, antidiabetic, antimicrobial, wound healing, and memory-enhancing activities. One component of turmeric is curcumin which has been extensively studied recently and has been shown to have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.†
As previously mentioned, curcumin is a chemical component found in turmeric. Curcumin has been demonstrated to have therapeutic potential for various chronic inflammatory diseases, essentially due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties against a vast array of molecular targets such as free radicals. A large body of evidence has accumulated to support curcumin’s role in restoring cellular homeostasis in the face of inflammation. Further, it has been shown that curcumin may be even more potent when utilised synergistically with turmeric and the additional active compounds found within.†
Bioperine® Black Pepper Fruit Extract
Black pepper is a spice commonly used to flavor foods. However, it also contains an active ingredient called piperine. Through piperine, black pepper extract acts to support the availability of supplements when in the body. One such supplement which this is particularly effective for is curcumin, the chemical compound in turmeric previously mentioned. Specifically, black pepper extract acts to aid the transport of curcumin to the extremities rather than it being consumed by the liver.†
Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is a key component of our bodies’ intracellular antioxidant system. The enzyme helps negate the negative effects of free radicals and their inflammatory influence. Supplementation with SOD has been shown to promote antioxidant status and protect against increased inflammation in both athletes and non-athletes alike. This is due to supplemented SOD increasing the intracellular stores of the enzyme.†
AuroraBlue® Wild Alaskan Blueberries
Blueberries are well known for their antioxidant capabilities, however, a little less well known is the antioxidant capabilities of Wild Alaskan Blueberries. In 2014, it was shown that this form of the berry contains a significantly greater concentration of antioxidants than the commercial alternative. As such, with their high antioxidant concentration, Wild Alaskan Blueberries can protect against inflammatory free radicals and support a healthy internal environment.†
With a plethora of natural herbal nutrients and antioxidants, Restore Oxylent® is a product designed to support healthy inflammatory response. If you are looking to restore general health and/or to support specific systems, the best way to maintain a constant internal environment may be with the use of Restore Oxylent®.
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Grace, M. H., Esposito, D., Dunlap, K. L. & Lila, M. A. (2014). Comparative analysis of phenolic content and profile, antioxidant capacity, and anti-inflammatory bioactivity in wild Alaskan and commercial vaccinium berries. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 62, 4007-1017.
He, Y., Yue, Y., Zheng, X., Zheng, Y., Chen, S. & Du, Z. (2015). Curcumin, inflammation, and chronic diseases: how are they linked? Nutrients, 20, 9183-9213.
Skarpanska-Stejborn, A., Pilaczynska-Szczesniak, L., Basta, P., Deskur-Smielecka, E., Woitas-Slubowska, D. & Adach, Z. (2011). Effects of oral supplementation with plant superoxide dismutase extract on selected redox parameters and an inflammatory marker in a 2,000-m rowing-ergometer test. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, 21, 124-134.