Not long after I started using redox signaling molecules I shared a search on PubMed with someone curious about what I was drinking and rubbing on my skin. The search yielded over 17,000 studies on redox signaling in the fall of 2018. I just searched today and the number of scientific studies has jumped to 39,095.
Modern redox biology began in 1953 (one study was published that year) and it has come a long way from being an obscure corner of science to a leading-edge field in universities all over the globe.
Fourteen years ago when ASEA had not yet become a network marketing company, ASEA Founders had been offered a huge sum of money by a pharmaceutical company for the patents to our redox signaling technology. This “Big Pharma” company had reviewed 17 years of powerful research, clinical studies and data, and they wanted exclusive rights to the patents.
ASEA Founders turned down that offer in order to expedite the availability of this technology globally, making it available immediately and without a prescription, deciding to go the “supplement” route rather than the “drug” route.
Since that time, Redox Biochemistry has become an emerging new field of health science, the study of Redox Signaling and its role in various bodily functions and specific disease pathologies has entered into the realm of University Medical Schools. Multi-million dollar research grants have been awarded.
Here is just some of the recent growth in redox biology:
- The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) received a $10.5 million grant to study Redox Biology.
- A Professor at Cornell University is involved with research supported by the NIH (National Institute of Health) in the pursuit of “decoding the functional consequences of specific chemical redox events underpinning cellular redox biology” concerning a specific condition.
- Vanderbilt University has a Redox Research Center studying redox signaling.
- Wake Forest University School of Medicine established a “Center for Redox Biology and Medicine.”
- The University of Virginia School of Medicine is involved in ongoing research into Redox Signaling.
- The University of Nebraska Medical Center received a $10-million grant to establish a “Redox Biology Center.”
- Medical College of Wisconsin created a “Redox & Bioenergetics Shared Resource” site.
- A “World Redox Congress” was held in Paris in 2019.
- A Doctor at Harvard Medical School has a Ph.D. and a title that includes “Director of Redox Medicine.”
Thanks to Debbie Wetzler for compiling much of this list.
I picked one of the top articles on today’s search: Redox signaling: An evolution from free radicals to aging. It is a review of the history of redox biology from the author’s personal perspective of nearly fifty years of working in this field. If you have some time to geek out today click the link above. You can download the full article if you want to win the science nerd award.
“Alterations in redox signaling are observed in aging, but we also now know that redox signaling is essential in physiological homeostasis and that sustained deviation from redox homeostasis results in disease.”
The “race” is on within medical and academic communities and the pharmaceutical industry to understand the complex paths and functions of redox signaling, to earn recognition for discoveries and to create drugs for specific health conditions. They face a long and slow process.
Meanwhile, our humble company, which chose the “supplement route,” continues to forge ahead, changing the landscape of health and wellness worldwide and improving health for people around the globe.