Ozone is three oxygen atoms that are connected together as one molecule, sharing outer electrons. The normal atmospheric oxygen is 2 atoms of oxygen together that share an orbiting electron. This latter form of oxygen is a very stable, happy couple. When an energy source such as ultraviolet light comes along and splits these two atoms apart some will rejoin with nearby O2 and create the tri-atomic ozone. The ozone molecule is much more unstable and reactive. It quickly releases one of its singlet oxygen atoms and this atom will oxidize nearby amino acids and fatty acids creating what are called ozonides. From a biological standpoint, it is the much more stable ozonides that exert the powerful therapeutic oxidizing benefits of ozone, one of which is to rev up oxygen’s metabolic use in the body.
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