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    Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)

    Superoxide Dismutase

    Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)

    What is it?

    Superoxide dismutase is an enzyme found in all living cells. An enzyme is a substance that speeds up certain chemical reactions in the body. The superoxide dismutase that is used as medicine is sometimes taken from cows.

    How does it work?

    Superoxide dismutase is an enzyme that helps break down potentially harmful oxygen molecules in cells, which might prevent damage to tissues. It is being researched to see if it can help conditions where oxygen molecules are believed to play a role in disease.

    Some superoxide dismutase products are obtained from animal sources, raising concern about contamination from sick or diseased animals. Though there are no reports of people getting sick after using superoxide dismutase products taken from animals, it’s best to avoid products from animal sources until more is known.

    Key Information

    • A sterile solution containing superoxide dismutase is sometimes applied directly to the eyes for treating ulcers on the cornea.

    More Information

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of superoxide dismutase during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


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