Published in Cancer Weekly, July 3rd, 2001
We need oxygen to survive, but ironically oxygen also speeds up aging and can cause cancer. Highly reactive forms of oxygen known as oxygen radicals are produced in our bodies, and this leads to tissue damage and disease.
Scientists discovered the enzyme - a superoxide dismutase (SOD) - while working on the fungus Humicola lutea. The enzyme acts as an antioxidant, much like vitamin C, converting harmful oxygen radicals back to the safe form of molecular...
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