As medical researchers continue to explore the causes of the age-related and chronic medical conditions that so many of us suffer from, it is becoming increasing clear that the so-called “Oxygen Paradox” plays a fundamental role in the development of disease. The Oxygen Paradox is described like this: although oxygen is absolutely essential to life, the metabolic breakdown of oxygen produces reactive oxygen species (commonly referred to as free radicals) that disrupt normal cellular function. Free radicals move around the body looking to participate in biochemical reactions that make them more stable, which result in damage to fats and proteins that are found in the cells of our body. It is important to note that reactive oxygen species are not all bad. In fact, these breakdown products play a vital role in many normal physiological functions. For example, our immune system uses free radicals when fighting infection.