As Measured by GGT
Oxidative Stress occurs when the body is unable to counteract the damaging effects of free oxygen radicals in the system. Free radicals are oxygen-containing molecules with an uneven number of electrons. Oxidative Stress is a crucial factor in the development of chronic disease. A diet high in sugar, fat, and alcohol may contribute to free radical production. Oxidative stress is a crucial factor in the development of chronic disease.
Many factors can lead to oxidative damage including insufficient antioxidants and processed vegetable oils in the diet, exposure to cigarette smoke and other environmental toxins, inconsistent sleep patterns or consistently elevated stress levels may be accelerating the accumulation of oxidative stress damage and biological aging. (2)
Gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) is a key marker for oxidative stress. (1) GGT is an enzyme that is found in many organs throughout the body, with the highest concentrations found in the liver. GGT is elevated in the blood in most diseases that cause damage to the liver or bile ducts.
The Effects of Oxidative Stress vary widely, but can increase your chances of the following conditions: