Superoxide dismutase (SOD)
SOD is the main antioxidant in the eye lens. It is one of the body's two natural antioxidant enzymes. The trace metals, zinc, copper, selenium and manganese are required for its synthesis. SOD reduces high blood pressure and prevents cataract development. In animals of any species those with the highest level of SOD live the longest. However, supplements are poorly absorbed, as they will be digested in the stomach. SOD is an enzymatic protein, and the stomach and small intestine degrade enzymatic proteins to their constituent amino acids. (Johnson & Mokler, 2001).
AIM SOD sources
Instead of the 1060U/g average for 2002, the SOD in the 2003 BarleyLife® production averages 1382U/g! SOD is a powerful antioxidant that helps combat free radicals, it also helps prevent damage that is implicated in tissue degeneration associated with ageing and works as an anti-inflammatory enzyme. SOD and all the other enzymes in BarleyLife® are naturally higher because of our cold process technology.