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Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Four Natural Ways To Stop Deadly DNA Damage
You don’t smoke, you exercise regularly and you eat a balanced diet of fresh, whole foods. But unfortunately, even the healthiest habits aren’t foolproof. That’s why you’ll be relieved to hear that nature offers an arsenal of safe, powerful compounds that are scientifically proven to pack a protective punch against mutagenic problems—whether you have a family history or simply want to act proactively by supporting cellular health.
D-glucarate is just one example of a powerful, anti-mutagenic compound: Derived from fruits and vegetables, this naturally occurring chemical helps cellular enzymes bind to harmful compounds so that they can be eliminated from your body before they cause damage to your DNA—all within just five hours of supplementation. As a result, studies indicate that d-glucarate can support the health of the lung, breast, prostate and colon—while reducing abnormal cell proliferation, which may contribute to the growth of existing tumors.
Green tea is another well-known health-booster, rich in a number of polyphenol antioxidants. But it’s one of these polyphenols in particular—epigallocatechin-3-gallate, better known as EGCG—that’s responsible for green tea’s cell-protecting properties. Studies show that EGCG tricks abnormal cells into undergoing apoptosis (programmed cell death), while reducing your body’s levels of mutation-promoting enzymes. And EGCG can target abnormally transformed cells specifically, leaving healthy cells unharmed.
Ellagic acid is another polyphenolic compound with powerful properties. Abundant in brightly colored fruits like raspberries, strawberries and pomegranates, ellagic acid is a potent natural detoxifier, able to block the activation of a number of mutation-promoting chemicals—including polycyclic hydrocarbons, nitrites, and aflatoxins—and it scavenges and promotes the elimination of these deadly carcinogens from your body.
When taken twice a day, each of these powerful natural substances can help to sustain cellular health, regardless of whether your family or personal history has stacked the cards against you or you simply want extra anti-mutagenic support
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