Overview

Superoxide dismutase is an enzyme found in all living cells. An enzyme is a substance that speeds up certain chemical reactions in the body. The superoxide dismutase that is used as medicine is sometimes taken from cows. Some types of superoxide dismutase come from the melon, and some are made in a lab.

Superoxide dismutase is used for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and skin and eye conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

Superoxide dismutase is an enzyme that helps break down potentially harmful oxygen molecules in cells. This might prevent damage to tissues. It is being researched to see if it can help conditions where harmful oxygen molecules are believed to play a role in disease.

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