Molecular oxygen is the foundation of life on earth. The challenge is that the electrons in oxygen have a tendency to become unstable and reactive. When reactive oxygen comes into contact with biological systems, it triggers reactive oxygen species (ROS), also called free radicals. These damage cell components and lead to disease.
In order for life to evolve in a high oxygen environment, species had to develop antioxidants, which would help reduce the oxidation. Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) is the original enzyme with antioxidant powers that helped push evolution forward. Today science has discovered a connection between this important enzyme and multiple genetic and chronic illnesses.
Billions of years ago- Oxygen appears in the atmosphere leading to oxidation caused by free radicals. The ability to reduce oxidative stress was therefore required for life to exist. Free radical-fighting enzymes, like superoxide dismutase (SOD), are believed to have allowed for life as we know it to evolve.
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