What is Oxidative Stress?

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With the rise of disease related deaths today like cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure , Kidney failure and many others, more and more people became mindful on watching their health and diets. After a church leader was diagnosed with the big “C”, our church became radical in spreading health consciousness among its members. As a family, we became watchful on what we eat. We refrained from eating cured and fatty foods .

In my quest for healthy living, I was able to learn that Oxidative Stress is one of the common cause of diseases nowadays? What is Oxidative Stress (OS)? It is a general term used to describe the steady state level of oxidative damage in a cell, tissue, or organ, caused by the reactive oxygen species (ROS). It is a state wherein our body’s antioxidant to combat free radical are defeated. Oxidative stress is also caused by inflammation, exposure to cigarette smoke, pollution, UV light, radiation, certain drugs and other conditions. Oxidative stress also increases as we age.

The goodnews is that there is a company that engaged in the research, development and sale of products that counteract the harmful effects of oxidative stress – OXIS International Inc. Their products include therapeutic nutraceutical products, cosmeceutical products and proprietary formulations and clinical products that are developed internally and/or out-licensed to biotech and pharmaceutical companies as drug candidates.

They focus on naturally occurring protective substances since they are more likely to be both safe and efficacious. Their primary products incorporate and emphasize the multifaceted “super antioxidant” compound, L-¬Ergothioneine (“ERGO”), as a key component. |What more? They own several patents and pending applications related to ERGO that cover current and planned products relevant to their nutraceutical and cosmecuetical businesses.

Visit their site to know more about Oxidative Stress and its harmful effects. Also you can check Oxis on facebook .


Waiting for the Blessing

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For the past month, we’ve been thinking and talking of buying a pick-up truck for our desire to engage into farming. We have land areas in Bukidnon rented by Del Mon Philippines. Some parcels of land were considered non-arable by DMPI due to some slopes. This areas were idle for the past 30 years. It was only when my mother died that we decided to visit the site. To our surprise , more than 5 hectares are very fertile for farming. Last week, we visited again the site and the more were are excited to start planting crops.

Now, we are planning to buy second hand pick-up truck since we can not afford a brand new one. A million investment for a pick-up is not practical, we might as well invest it for farming. A friend referred us to a used Car and Truck shop and we were able to choose a pick-up. Although it is 2005 model, we will just add accessories for added beauty and protection like truck cover, wood dash kits rain guard and cargo liner. We are waiting for a bigger blessing so that we can get the vehicle. I hope and pray when our money arrive, the pick-up is still available.