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Oxidative stress occurs in the body when an imbalance exists between the proliferation of free radicals and the body’s natural ability to respond to and detoxify their detrimental effects by neutralizing them with antioxidants. Oxidative stress is thought to contribute to a number of health problems, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, depression, and recently, to hair loss.

DHI Global Medical Group’s new Hair Biology Test was designed to further understand what impact oxidative stress has on patients suffering from androgenetic alopecia. The new Hair Biology Test was developed by a team of scientists at the Histology and Embryology department, School of Medicine, National University of Athens (UOA) led by the distinguished Professor Vasilis Gorgoulis during a research project in cooperation with the DHI Global Medical Group. During the Hair Biology Test, a hair follicle sample is taken from the patient and sent to the team at the university to determine whether oxidative stress has caused any change in the DNA and, if so, what can be done.

Proper nutrition strengthens our natural defenses against the free radicals born from oxidative stress, and contributes catalytically to maintaining our overall health. Antioxidants found naturally occurring in food help to suppress catastrophic cell oxidation and can protect cells against chronic diseases.  Antioxidants are known to contribute to heart health, restore the elasticity skin by reducing the breakdown of collagen, improve mood and mental abilities, protect the bones and joints, enhance the vision, and help the hair to stay healthy and shiny.