Ozone is an unstable gas consisting of three oxygen molecules. The instability of this molecule causes it to readily break apart and release a single electron (a.k.a. a free radical) in a chemical process known as oxidation. You have probably only heard of oxidation as being bad or harmful, but just as with inflammation, it only leads to degeneration and disease in excessive amounts – a little bit is beneficial and actually necessary for health.
It’s the oxidative property of ozone that makes it a powerful therapeutic agent in the body. One of the ways it does this is by promoting increased production of our own antioxidants like glutathione, the “Master Antioxidant.” Glutathione is not only our strongest antioxidant, but it also serves to recycle and restore other antioxidants in our bodies, like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, selenium, alpha lipoic acid – the list goes on. More antioxidants on board means our bodies are better protected from many degenerative diseases and cancerous cellular changes.
Another way the oxidation of ozone is beneficial is by destroying pathogens and neutralizing many toxins.