We cannot live without oxidative stress because we are aerobic (breathing) organisms flooded with oxygen. Just like the environment in which we live. This is called the oxygen paradox (Jenkins, 2000).

What is ultimately the oxygen paradox? that if there is oxygen there is oxidation and if there is oxidation there are oxygen free radicals, it is the cost of living.

Free radicals are highly reactive molecules, necessary to maintain the state of health in our life cycle. Although there is much talk about their dangerousness, they are essential for cell differentiation, proliferation or limitation of cell growth and apoptosis, which is a form of developmental and growth control of the organism (Ghosh et al., 1996). They defend us against microorganisms and pathogens by “oxygen burst” (Bae et al., 1997; Lee et al., 1998).

What happens when free radical release is triggered?

If free radicals exceed the capacity of the body’s antioxidant systems, oxidative stress occurs. This can produce cellular alterations, which may contribute to pathologies or premature aging.

Oxidative stress was defined by Sies (1986) as “an alteration of the balance between oxidizing and antioxidant agents in the cell”. In other words, the balance is lost because there end up being more oxidants than antioxidants.

Inflammation and oxidative damage contribute to the development of atherosclerosis and cerebrovascular disease.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recognizes that hydroxytyrosol and its derivatives may play a crucial role in health. Contributing to the reduction of inflammation and the prevention of cerebrovascular diseases.

Inflammation is a frequent symptom that accompanies pathologies with joint discomfort.

Hytolive® is a registered process in which the hydroxytyrosol comes directly from the olive.

At Olimina3 we use Hytolive®, in which the hydroxytyrosol is natural and comes directly from the olive . Hydroxytyrosol is mainly present in the aqueous fraction of the olive once it is milled. This way it is kept without oxidation and in its most natural state because only mechanical procedures are used. It is also the polyphenol with the highest antioxidant capacity, capturing free radicals.

Our body has an endogenous antioxidant defense system. When subjected to stressful situations, the intake of antioxidants helps to reduce oxidative stress and associated damage. Cell damage is due to the oxidation of macromolecules such as proteins, lipids and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).

Hydroxytyrosol has apoptosis-inducing capacity, a way of controlling development and growth of the organism. This is because it is naturally recognized by our body and circulates without adaptation problems. Hydroxytyrosol is a phenol that is also produced by our system.

According to the comparative study published at the UOC in 2015:
Hydroxytyrosol is the best natural antioxidant and the most unknown. However, it plays a fundamental role in the formation of other polyphenols.


Article referenced:

González Calvo, G., & García López, D. (2016). Ejercicio físico y radicales libres, ¿es necesaria una suplementación con antioxidantes / Physical activity and free radicals, is a supplementation with antioxidants necessary? Revista Internacional De Medicina Y Ciencias De La Actividad Física Y Del Deporte, (46). Retrieved from https://revistas.uam.es/rimcafd/article/view/4369.