Anti-oxidants are naturally occurring chemicals that protect the body from free radicals. Fresh fruits and vegetables are good sources of anti-oxidants, but your body also produces anti-oxidants to ward off damage.
In this new study, researchers looked at 23 people who were suffering from back or neck pain. Each patient received 10 chiropractic adjustments over a period of five weeks. Blood samples were taken from the test subjects before and after the study period, and the researchers noted levels of three specific anti-oxidants: superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase (GPx).
At the end of the study, there was no difference in antioxidant catalase, there was a significant increase in both SOD and GPx.
It’s important to note that this was a small study and it didn’t include a control group, so further research needs to be done to confirm these results and to determine how chiropractic works to boost anti-oxidants. However, this is study adds to our knowledge of the benefits of chiropractic. Other studies have found that chiropractic can boost immune functioning and decrease stress hormones.