What is oxidative stress and how does hyperbaric therapy help?

Although we all suffer stress, it is present in diseases where inflammation or pain prevails. Treatment with hyperbaric oxygenation is an option to help maintain the balance of the body.

In the case of oxidative stress, it is a biochemical state of the body originating in the imbalance between the production of reactive oxygen species (free radicals) and the body’s natural ability to rapidly detoxify residual intermediates, or disability. to repair in time the damage resulting from this imbalance, through the antioxidant system.

If the production of free radicals exceeds the antioxidant capacity of the organism, oxidative stress and cell damage occur.

It is related to several diseases, such as some types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, eye diseases, lupus, atherosclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and many other common ailments, in addition to aging. premature and that could have been prevented with an appropriate balance of oxidative stress, with antioxidant supplements, or a diet rich in raw fruits and vegetables. What is sought is to increase the intake of antioxidant products.

Oxidative stress occurs when there is a cellular imbalance due to an increase in the amount of free radicals, or a clear decrease in the supply of antioxidants to the cells. This imbalance in the proportion of free radicals / antioxidants can seriously damage our tissues.

Who can suffer it?

All, it is a natural process of aging. But, in addition, oxidative stress is present in chronic diseases where inflammation or pain prevail, as is the case of arthritis, osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia, for example.

The predominance of free radicals is due to different causes:

– Endogenous They are the ones produced by the organism in its functioning: mitochondrial respiration, the activation of polymorphonuclear cells, the metabolism of arachidonic acid, enzymatic actions (among others).

– Exogenous Are those produced by external factors: environmental pollution, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, toxic habits, prolonged stress, nutritional ignorance, undue exposure to the Sun, diabetes, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, AIDS or damage to the central nervous system, cancer, hepatitis A, B and C, asthma, cardiovascular diseases, etc. It has been scientifically proven that the presence of this type of oxidative stress is the cause or consequence of more than 250 diseases.


– Premature aging. Power all diseases related to aging.

– Affects the cardiovascular system (increased blood pressure, low resistance to exercise, muscle weakness)

– It affects the Central Nervous System. It can produce memory alterations or instability.

– It can generate joint pain, stiffness symptoms and inflammations.

– Some studies describe a close relationship between oxidative stress and fibromyalgia.

“In all the pathologies in which inflammation or pain predominates, diseases with edema, with ischemia, where oxygen is lacking, there will be an increase in free radicals and a high percentage of oxidative stress,” says Dr. Mariana Cannelloto, medical director of BioBarica. To deal with this, one option is to use the so-called Hyperbaric Medicine that works to reduce and regulate inflammation and helps maintain the balance of the body. It has more than 200 years of history, and both the medicine itself and the treatment with hyperbaric oxygenation (HBOT) have shown great results in patients affected by different pathologies.

Hyperbaric Oxygenation Treatment (HBOT) is a non-invasive method that involves supplying oxygen at high concentrations in a pressurized hyperbaric chamber to a minimum of 1.4 ATM atmospheres (higher than the normal ambient atmospheric pressure of 1 atmosphere). Thus, the person is breathing 100% oxygen. This gas is transported to the blood and manages to reach even damaged tissues.

In the case of oxidative stress, a large part of the benefits achieved by Hyperbaric Oxygenation and the arrival of oxygen to all tissues are: reducing the effects on damaged tissue, removing ischemia (which brings free radicals), reducing edema, moderate inflammation, improve immune function and, also, activate the production of antioxidant enzymes to compensate for cellular oxidative stress.

In conclusion, when a treatment is performed in a hyperbaric chamber, prevention is achieved, reducing the increase in oxidation, improving energy production and increasing oxygenation at the cellular level.

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