The internal environment of your body is maintained at a pH between 6.5 – 7.5, which is alkaline. For necessary cell reactions and functions to occur, our body must maintain this appropriate pH. While your body can regulate pH, there is a limit to how much it can neutralize. Excess acids can accumulate from one or more of the following conditions:
Homocysteine is an amino acid that plays a role in destroying the lining of your artery walls, promoting the formation of blood clots, and also accelerates the buildup of scar tissue. High levels may increase the chance of heart disease and stroke, especially if you have other risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, smoking, or family history.
Oxidative stress is involved in many pathophysiological processes, aging and cancer. Oxidation of DNA occurs readily at the guanosine bases and thus measurement of 8-hydroxy-2’-deoxyguanosine in urine provides an assessment of ongoing oxidative damage/stress in the body. Assessment of oxidative stress is an invaluable component of preventive approaches to optimizing health and longevity.
DNA Oxidative Stress/Damage Assay (8-OHdG) requires a urine test.