I’ve been watching this one for a while now. The gold standard in measuring oxidative stress is a test known as TBARS, it is a well-established screening and monitoring of lipid peroxidation. Its often called reactive species test or lipid peroxidase test. See my this page about where to get a TBARS test. But most of us aren’t going to draw blood, and unless we have access to a lab, its very hard to conduct the test. Even labs that can do it, must follow the protocol exactly. There must be an easier way to measure oxidative stress.
About a year ago I inquired of the manufacturer of a product called Revelar. According to them, their device detects and measures aldehydes in the breath. Aldehydes are known to be indicators of free radical damage. Does it work? I don’t know, but it appears promising. They have a new model that is better they claim than the old one. The device is expensive, both the “machine” and the testing items would cost the patient about $30 per test (meaning after you do a few hundred tests you’ve paid for the machine). So most people don’t have the money to buy one.
So what’s next? We’ll we stay tuned. Im sure that as it comes out, we’ll know much more about how viable it is. I suspect many small doctors offices will purchase the device. They’ll try a varienty of methods to lower oxidative stress. Time will tell, but it looks promising.
See Revalar for more details.