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Meet the Messengers - An Introduction to Redox Signaling Molecules

Meet the Messengers - An Introduction to Redox Signaling Molecules

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Good health happens at the cellular level. As our bodies are able to maintain the correct chemical balance within our cells we experience good health. Science is discovering that this balance rests on a class of remarkable molecules called redox signaling molecules.

• The tremendous benefits of redox signaling molecules are now available for the first time in a supplement called ASEA. To learn more go to www.amazingmolecules.com. To try ASEA or to join, go to www.celltonic.teamasea.com.
Good health happens at the cellular level. As our bodies are able to maintain the correct chemical balance within our cells we experience good health. Science is discovering that this balance rests on a class of remarkable molecules called redox signaling molecules.

• The tremendous benefits of redox signaling molecules are now available for the first time in a supplement called ASEA. To learn more go to www.amazingmolecules.com. To try ASEA or to join, go to www.celltonic.teamasea.com.

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MEET THEMESSENGERS:
An Introduction to Redox 
Signaling
Molecules
Good health happens at the cellular level.
As our bodies are able to maintain the correct
natural chemical balance within our cells we
experience good health. Science is discovering 
that this balance rests on a class of remarkable
molecules called
redox signaling molecules.
 
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How the body heals itself 
At the cellular level the body produces two types of 
reactive molecules that support virtually all of the functionsof the immune system and the tissue regeneration response.
These
redox signaling molecules
are created in each of our 75trillion cells during the metabolism of sugar that producesATP, the body’s primary source of energy. Redox signaling
molecules participate in intra- and inter-cellular damage
control communications, activation of antioxidants, cellular
protection and defenses against toxins and free radicals, andin the healing process.The body is constantly working to balance cellular health by using these reactive molecules to rid the body of harmful
components and to clean up the oxidative stress and free
radical damage that occurs at the cellular level. When these
reactive molecules are in the proper balance the immune
system functions at its optimal level.
Under attack from all sides
Science is confirming that our lifestyles and environment
are increasing the stress we are putting on our bodies. The
food we eat, the way we live and the environment around us
all contribute to greater stress on our bodies and our immune
systems. As this stress increases, our bodies have to work harder
and harder to maintain proper chemical balance. In many
cases, the reactive molecules produced by the body fall out of 
 balance and the immune system simply does not have what it
needs to function properly.
What is the danger in oxidative stress?
Oxidative stress occurs when cells are damaged by toxins,microbes, oxygen starvation or age. It is marked by the build-
up of excess oxidants, the result of an imbalance in the body’s
cellular chemistry. Oxidative stress can cause chain reaction
 
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cellular damage which results in the deterioration of healthand is heavily involved in the aging process. As the chemistry
in the body is restored to its proper balance, oxidative stress is
naturally eliminated and the body renews itself, lost tissue isregenerated and the immune system functions at its optimallevel.
What about antioxidants?
Antioxidants are essential to good health. Hundreds of 
supplement products and juices devoted to antioxidants testify
of their importance. It is not well known, however, that the most
powerful antioxidants are produced naturally inside the body.Two of the most powerful native antioxidants are Glutathione
(GSH or GPx) and Superoxide Dismutase (SOD). Existing
abundantly inside each of our cells, these native antioxidants
are many thousands of times more powerful than antioxidantswe eat or drink and are positioned to fight free radicals damage
at its source and to reduce oxidative stress. It is important
to understand that these antioxidants only work if there is acorrect balance of reactive molecules that turn them on.
Reactive oxygen species and reduced species
Our cells are filled with and surrounded by salt water, the
principal raw material for building simple redox signalingmolecules. All of four atoms wide in size, redox signaling
molecules are simple molecules formed from rearrangements
of the atoms in water (H20) salt (NaCl) and nitrogen (N2), the
most abundant molecules of life. A few examples of simpleredox signaling molecules are hydrogen superoxide (HO2),hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and
nitric oxide (NO) and there are many more.Redox signaling molecules fall into two classifications:Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) and Reduced Species (RS). Whenisolated, most of the individual redox signaling molecules are

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