I was recently given a Vital Reaction Affiliate Spotlight in their August 2018 newsletter. The issue focused on anxiety — the relationship between anxiety and oxidative stress; anxiety and heart disease, and the therapeutic role molecular hydrogen can play in lessening the dangers and severity of this conditions. The full article is below.
Anxiety: A Product of Oxidative Stress
Oxidative stress occurs when the production of free radicals overrides the body’s natural antioxidant mitigation. This creates an imbalance in the body and allows oxidative stress to build up, which results in cell damage, inflammation, disease, and death.
Although it’s normal to experience the occasional anxieties of life, folks living with an anxiety disorder can experience extreme discomfort at just the thought of the most mundane occurrences. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America describe anxiety as “specific psychiatric disorders that involve extreme fear or worry, and includes generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder and panic attacks, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, selective mutism, separation anxiety, and specific phobias.” It’s estimated that as many as 40 million Americans and 1 in 13 people worldwide suffer from anxiety, and for those sufferers, every day can be a struggle. What’s more unfortunate is that Psychology Today estimates that nearly 75% of sufferers never seek treatment.
Studies are supporting a clear connection between anxiety and oxidative stress, including cellular structure damage and altered/damaged proteins, which can lead to a more pronounced level of the disorder. While the physiological cause and effect still need to be determined, these studies are upholding the theory that reduced oxidative stress, via antioxidant use, may greatly relieve the severity of high anxiety symptoms.
Anxiety and Heart Disease
We’ve heard the stories. Someone thinks he/she is having a heart attack only to find out it’s just anxiety or NCCP (non-cardiac chest pain). But, how dangerous is “just” anxiety? Scientists at John Hopkins University are studying the correlation between anxiety and heart disease and feel strongly that there is a connection. Dr. Una McCann, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine states, “It’s my view and my personal clinical experience that anxiety disorders can play a major role in heart disease,” says Dr. McCann. “I believe that a really careful look at anxiety would reveal the ways it can severely impact heart disease, both as a contributing factor and as an obstacle in recovery.”
Similarly, an October 2017 article by Harvard Health Publishing states, “People with anxiety disorders have inappropriate ups and downs that can cause high blood pressure and heart rhythm disturbances. Platelets may become “stickier,” making the blood more likely to clot, increasing the odds for a heart attack.”
Like anxiety, heart disease has oxidative stress at its root. An Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences study backs up this statement. “Oxidative stress may play a crucial role in cardiac and vascular abnormalities in different types of cardiovascular diseases and that the antioxidant therapy may prove beneficial in combating these problems.”
We will touch on heart disease more in-depth in a future edition, however we want to stress the connection between anxiety and this deadly disease. Do you suffer from anxiety? If so, please keep reading.
Molecular Hydrogen: The Therapeutic Warrior
If you’re dealing with either anxiety or heart disease, you’ve probably tried everything, both prescribed and over-the-counter. But, if you haven’t tried hydrogen therapy, you could be missing out on some mind-blowing benefits.
Hydrogen is tiny — the smallest element in the universe, to be exact — and it can access the smallest portion of the cell to help mitigate damage caused by oxidative stress. While other antioxidants llike vitamin C and CoQ10 are necessary, only hydrogen can selectively target the two worst free radicals causing the most oxidative stress, the hydroxyl radical and peroxynitrite, helping contribute to homeostasis and overall good health.
Molecular hydrogen has been shown to help to suppress the feelings of anxiety and add a sense of calm and well-being. In a 2017 study by Oita University Faculty of Medicine in Japan, studies “indicate that natural reduced water may decrease anxiety-related behaviors and prevent heightened oxidative stress.” Reduced anxiety-related behavior is great news for anxiety suffers, but the prevention of even more oxidative stress is just as important. Thankfully, hydrogen offers both benefits.You can take a look at the complete Anxiety Study, by clicking HERE.
Anxiety & Accelerated Aging
The Free Radical Theory of Aging holds that the damage free radicals do to our cells, particularly the oxidative stress that free radicals cause, is what causes our bodies to age. This damage occurs in many places within the cell: proteins, lipids, DNA, and mostly importantly when considering aging — telomeres. Telomeres work as protective agents to our DNA strands. The longer the telomere strands, the more cells are protected and encouraged to regenerate — the shorter the strands, the lesser the protection and regeneration leading to accelerated aging.
Regarding anxiety, studies are now showing a direct correlation between anxiety and shorter telomeres, or accelerated aging. This means that people suffering with anxiety could be caught in a vicious cycle of oxidative stress, increased anxiety symptoms, and ever-shortening telomeres, which repeats itself again and again causing significant damage and distress. See the study for more info, by clicking HERE.
How do we suggest you manage both oxidative stress and anxiety? Vital Reaction Hydrogen Products. Click HERE to learn more about hydrogen’s therapeutic benefits to anxiety patients.