Causes of nitrosative stress:
Inflammation in the body can increase the production of RNS and thus promote nitrosative stress.
- Environmental factors:
Some environmental toxins and pollutants can increase the production of RNS, causing nitrosative stress. Likewise, increased exposure to heavy metals or aluminum (⇒ Heavy metal exposure) may lead to oxidative stress (⇒What is oxidative stress?) can lead to oxidative stress.
Certain infections can promote the formation of RNA in the body. RNS are also very important in the short term to defend against pathogens that cause disease.
An unbalanced diet high in saturated fats and certain preservatives can promote nitrosative stress.
Some drugs can increase the production of RNS and lead to nitrosative stress.
Effects of nitrosative stress on the body:
Nitrosative stress can have various effects on the body and can be associated with various health problems:
- Damage to cells and tissues:
RNS can damage cells and tissues, leading to inflammation and cellular damage.
- Cardiovascular disease:
Nitrosative stress can impair blood vessel function and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Neurological diseases:
Nitrosative stress is associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease because it can damage nerve cells.
- Vitamin B-12 deficiency:
Nitrosative stress is often associated with vitamin B-12 deficiency. NO stress is relieved by B-12. Hydroxocobalamin is the most effective form for NO degradation. Thus, prolonged NO stress often results in vitamin B-12 deficiency. For this purpose, we determine holotranscobalamin and methylmalonic acid by blood testing. The latter can also be determined in urine.
- Immune system:
RNS can influence the immune system and weaken the defense against pathogens.
Nitrosative stress can promote the development of cancer cells because it can damage DNA.
Prevention and treatment of nitrosative stress:
There are several ways to reduce nitrosative stress and minimize its harmful effects:
A balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats can help reduce nitrosative stress.
Antioxidants can neutralize RNS and thus counteract nitrosative stress. Foods like berries, green vegetables and nuts are rich in antioxidants.
Regular physical activity helps the body cope better with stressors and can also reduce nitrosative stress.
Stress can increase the production of RNS. Relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga or walking can help reduce stress.
Avoidance of pollutants:
Try to minimize contact with harmful environmental toxins and pollutants.
- A search for the causes of nitrosative stress:
Laboratory diagnostics, clarification of heavy metal contamination, chelation therapy, etc.; please feel free to contact us, we will advise you individually.
Nitrosative stress can have negative effects on our health. We can determine this exactly in our practice by means of specialised laboratory tests and then give you specific recommendations on how to optimise your condition.
As basic measures, you can actively help reduce nitrosative stress and promote your health through healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet. This can be achieved by the administration of dietary supplements and other measures after appropriate diagnostics, e.g. a heavy metal detoxification in case of heavy metal contamination, possible pathogen therapy and environmental diagnostics. We will be happy to advise you on this in detail.
Stay healthy and take care of yourself!
Your practice team of Dr. med. univ. Stefan Rohrer