Oxidative Load Friend or Foe? A Key Component for Health and Disease

Objectives:

1. Role of oxidative stress in health and disease

2. Discuss antioxidant pathways and how to improve through lifestyle diet and supplementation

3. Future Directions: A look at ongoing research and potential therapeutic interventions.

Description: In today’s presentation, we will delve into the concept of oxidative load, a crucial factor in
understanding health and disease. Oxidative load refers to the balance between free radicals and the body’s
ability to counteract their harmful effects through antioxidants. This balance is vital, as an excess of free
radicals can lead to oxidative stress, damaging cells, proteins, and DNA, and contributing to the development of
various chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and neurodegenerative disorders. We will
explore the mechanisms behind oxidative stress, its sources including environmental factors and lifestyle
choices, and the body’s defense systems. Additionally, we will discuss the role of diet, exercise, and lifestyle
modifications in managing oxidative load to promote better health and prevent disease.