Oxidative stress risk


You have an increased risk of oxidative stress. Here is what you need to know.

To be alive is to produce reactive oxygen species and oxidative stress. Oxygen is used by the power plants of every cell to produce energy essential for life. There would be no life without the production of reactive oxygen species. In a well-balanced natural diet, we consume enough natural antioxidants that neutralize the reactive oxygen species and thus, prevent oxidative stress.

When we consume a poor-quality diet with ultra-processed and empty-calorie foods, we produce reactive oxygen species, but we do not provide our cells with enough antioxidants to counteract those oxidants. The result of this nutritional imbalance is the creation of oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress is known to cause inflammation, DNA damage, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mitochondrial exhaustion, and neurodegenerative diseases. In women of reproductive age, oxidative stress reduces the number of eggs available for ovulation as well as the quality of such eggs. Further, oxidative stress during pregnancy damages the placenta and is associated with all placental-related complications such as, miscarriage, preterm birth, fetal growth failure, fetal demise, preeclampsia, autism, and neonatal death.

A healthy natural diet, like the Mediterranean diet, with organically produced foods, will help reduce oxidative stress and help you achieve a healthy pregnancy. However, because of the extensively polluted environment and our water supply, even organically produced foods are not totally clean and supply fewer antioxidants. Taking natural antioxidant supplements can help correct this natural deficiency and help you maintain and improve your ovarian reserve and protect your future pregnancies from all placental-related complications.

We provide all our patients with highly customized and personalized protocols of natural nutritional supplements that protect our patients from oxidative damage and help them not only conceive but achieve a healthy full-term pregnancy.

What should you do:

Talk to your doctor about oxidative stress and the use of antioxidant supplements to protect and improve your ovarian reserve and in preparation for your next pregnancy. It is much better if you implement a healthy nutritional lifestyle several months before conception. However, if you are pregnant already, it is still not too late to protect your baby by helping your placenta avoid oxidative damage. You are always welcome to contact our office and request a virtual consultation at drkofinas.com or call our office in NY to come for a physical consultation.