Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Manipulation Increases Antioxidants Level in the Body

Anti-oxidants are naturally occurring chemicals that protect the human body from free radicals inside the body. Dark colored vegetables, fruits & Chaga are excellent sources of anti-oxidants, but the human body also produces anti-oxidants to ward off damage.

In this new clinical study done in Brazil, researchers looked at 23 people who were suffering from low back or neck pain. Each patient received 10 grade V mobilization (high velocity low amplitude manipulation) over a period of five weeks.

Blood samples were taken from the test subjects before and after the study period, and the researchers noted levels of three specific anti-oxidants: superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase (GPx).

At the end of the study, there was no difference in antioxidant catalase, but there was a significant increase in both SOD and GPx, indicating that spinal manipulation indeed increases two types of antioxidants within the body.

The original article was published by the Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) on December 05, 2014:  Peripheral Oxidative Stress Blood Markers in Patients With Chronic Back or Neck Pain Treated With High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude Manipulation

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