What Causes Oxidant Stress

Oxidant stress is caused by the damaging action of ROS. There are two main routes of production of ROS in the body: one is deliberate and useful; the other is accidental but unavoidable (Figure 2). Deliberate production of ROS is seen, for example,

Table 1 Reactive oxygen species found in vivo in general order of reactivity (from lowest to highest)

Name of species


Radical (R) or


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