How Aged Am I? Testing My Free Radical Levels

//How Aged Am I? Testing My Free Radical Levels

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Aging is a process. So when people say they are looking for anti-aging its often hard to put measures into what that means. Even more difficult, its often hard to know if you are making progress when doing anti-aging practices and treatments. I’m all about measurement and tracking (I track all of my freckles and pigmented spot sizes) so when I saw a free radical levels test in the office of a naturopathic doctor, I bought it immediately.

A cute cartoon I found on http://diaryofmuhammad.com

A cute cartoon I found on http://diaryofmuhammad.com

Free Radicals

For those who don’t know, free radicals are molecules that are created in our bodies to scavenge abnormal cells. They have an unpaired electron so that they can easily bond to other molecules, thus quenching them. Free radicals are created when damage or inflammation occurs so they are an indication of damage in the body. The problem is that free radicals sometimes go rogue and actually scavenge our healthy tissues and cause their degradation – helping along the aging process. This is why aging is really just damage: the wear and tear of life. But still, I wanted to know how much damage I had accumulated. While I eat well and generally try to take care of myself, inflammation from stress and heavy metals can also contribute to free radical creation and I was unsure of both of those wild cards.

free radical test

The Test

free radical test chart

The test itself is distributed by a company called Osumex, based in Oakville, Ontario. Its a simple urine test so there is no sending into a lab for results making is quick, easy and instantly gratifying! The test itself is based on the measurement of a component called Malondialdehyde. Also known as MDA, this is a byproduct of free radicals when they oxidize fat so while the info pack that came with the test was light on the explanation, I understand that the test basically exposes the free radicals in your urine to fat and changes color accordingly.

All I had to do is collect my first urine of the day, transfer it with a pipette to the container provided then break open two ampoules (of mystery fluid) and place them in the container too. Then I turn the whole thing upside down so the contents of the ampoules drain into the urine and wait for five minutes. The range goes from minimal (a pale peach color) to severe (a hot pink color).

My Results
free radical urine

Eek! I couldn’t tell is I was in the “high” or “severe” range but my results were pink. I tried to delude myself that I was in “medium” but my rhubarb colored pee grimaced back at me. The Osumex handout recommends I take more antioxdants, check for heavy metals and improve my diet. The fact they also sell heavy metal tests brings out the skeptic in me but it definitely still has motivated me to explore antiaging. I already take turmeric, which is an antioxidant but I would be curious to see if my results varied about doing a cleanse and incorporating a few more different types of antioxidants! Nonetheless, it has put anti-aging foremost in my mind, which is probably going to help me in itself.
free radical urine results

2017-05-01T16:39:13+00:00 By |Aging|2 Comments

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  1. jade June 11, 2015 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    I would like to know if melasma hormonal .and what natural alternative method I could do to help my melasma

    • kristen June 19, 2015 at 2:41 am - Reply

      It really depends on how dark and deep your pigmentation is. Is it raised for instance? There are a number of strategies you can take – sea salt microdermabrasion if its not too dark, AFA peels and we have a new treatment I am testing out if its raised (to be blogged about soon)! There is also rosehip and seabuckthorn oil but these take a long time to see results so are more gradual options.

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