Superoxide Dismutase

How does Superoxide Dismutase 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.

Are there safety concerns?

Injectable (shot) forms of superoxide dismutase that have been used in clinical studies appear to be safe. There is no evidence that superoxide dismutase products that are taken by mouth are absorbed by the body. Some superoxide dismutase products are obtained from animal sources. There is some concern about contamination from sick or diseased animals. Until more is known, don't use superoxide dismutase products obtained from animals.

Do not use superoxide dismutase if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Dosing considerations for Superoxide Dismutase.

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

  • Healthcare providers give superoxide dismutase as a shot for certain bladder infections (interstitial cystitis), osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and lung damage that sometimes develops in premature infants who have been given oxygen to help them survive.

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