Widespread Oxidative Stress Leads to Health Problems
The damage caused by oxidative stress has been strongly linked to cancer. In fact, oxidative stress, which can then go on to damage DNA, is one of cancer’s dearest friends. For this reason, and many others, antioxidants are essential to help mitigate the onslaught of free radicals that our bodies are regularly exposed to.
But before we raise our pitchforks and torches to ROS, it must also be noted that when their numbers are in balance, their roles are quite benevolent. The right amount of ROS is imperative to the proper function of the cardiovascular system and immune system. They are prime regulators of redox reactions, which are important for proper signaling processes to take place. ROS are also involved in the regulation of the natural cell cycle and programmed cell death functions.
Interestingly, cancer researchers are currently looking into utilizing ROS’s role in programmed cell death as part of a potential cancer cure.
If ROS levels are too high, oxidative stress occurs, but if the numbers are too low, a range of other pathologies can occur, including cancer. So, when cancer appears in the body, some sort of imbalance is likely taking place.
The Role of NAD+ in Homeostasis
Our body is always working toward homeostasis. A balanced body is a healthy body. And while our body is capable of incredible feats to obtain this desired balance—actions and processes that take place beyond our control and consciousness—what we put in our body and expose our body to, has a tremendous influence on the way this scale tilts.
Of course, uncontrollable and unchangeable factors such as aging and genetics also come into play when cancer is on the table. But now that we know that NAD+ levels naturally decline with age and that this powerhouse molecule is capable of helping to neutralize reactive oxygen species, reduce oxidative stress, and help repair damaged DNA, it seems like a no-brainer that supplementing our insufficient NAD+ levels would be highly beneficial.
While our body completes hundreds of processes and cycles every day without us giving those astonishing accomplishments a second thought, it is imperative that we support those life-supporting actions as opposed to hindering them. We are active participants in our body’s life-long quest for balance maintenance.
Supporting it through diet, supplements, sleep, exercise, and the avoidance of well-known cancer-causing substances is something we have control over. Cancer and other diseases have a really challenging time proliferating when balance is maintained. NAD+ is a vital part of that balance.