~ September 2005 - New Work on Theories of Aging and Immortality

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  • Protecting Your DNA from Lethal Mutations

    By Dave Tuttle

    "Cancer results from the accumulation of mutations in genes that regulate cellular proliferation." (Source: Haber D. Roads leading to breast cancer. N Engl J Med. 2000 Nov 23;343(21):1566-8.)

    Even doctors have a hard time understanding that most cancers are caused by mutations in genes that regulate cell division.

    Mutagens come from a variety of sources, including tobacco smoke and environmental pollutants. The number-one cancer-causing mutagen, however, is our diet.

    Fortunately, scientists have identified new methods to detoxify and minimize the impact of these mutagens on our genes.

    Every day, we are surrounded by environmental toxins ranging from automobile exhaust to poisons released during the dry cleaning of clothes and estrogen-like chemicals in the plastic wrap covering our food. These chemicals can have dangerous effects on the very makeup of our DNA.

    Barbequing food produces mutagenic heterocyclic amines. The frying, baking, and roasting of carbohydrate-rich foods such as potatoes create acrylamide, which is a known cancer-causing agent in animals. Just breathing the air exposes us to a constant barrage of chemical by-products from industrial processes.

    Because of these influences, it is critical to take preventive measures to boost your body's defenses against the continuous assault of the mutagens that surround us.

    Learn more about these preventive measures . . .
  • Futurist Ray Kurzweil - On Building Bridges Toward Immortality

    By Jon VanZile

    Ray Kurzweil is at war. A healthy 57-year-old who can rattle off streams of his own vital statistics, Kurzweil believes that humanity is standing on the brink of immortality — and all that is holding us back is our own evolutionary biology.

    Thus Kurzweil fights a war against a protein-based machine — the human body — whose basic design is about to become obsolete. He figures he needs only to hold off disease and aging long enough, maybe 20 more years, to reap the rewards of a revolution in health technology that will rely on advanced gene therapy and robots the size of blood cells to grant life everlasting.

    While his ideas might seem far-fetched, he points out that space flight and mass agriculture would have been inconceivable to earlier generations. Instead of believing in doubt, Kurzweil has chosen to believe in the future, and he backs up his vision with sound science and impressive credentials.

    Read about Ray's Three Bridges to Immortality . . .
  • Why Lutein and Zeaxanthin Are Becoming So Popular

    By Heather S. Oliff, PhD

    For decades, scientists have tried to determine why people who eat more vegetables and fruits have such low rates of degenerative disease. After evaluating hundreds of carotenoids found in red, yellow, and orange plants, researchers have zeroed in on lutein and zeaxanthin. They have discovered that these two carotenoids provide broad-spectrum effects, including protection against atherosclerosis and a reduced risk of certain cancers.

    The benefit that doctors are focusing on most is the ability of these carotenoids to help maintain the structure of the macula. Considering the magnitude of today's macular degeneration epidemic, it is no wonder that so many aging people are taking steps to ensure that they obtain enough lutein and zeaxanthin.

    Lutein and Zeaxanthin Defined

    Lutein and zeaxanthin are classified as xanthophyll carotenoids. Zeaxanthin is the stereoisomer of lutein—that is, it possesses the same chemical structure but in a different configuration. As such, lutein and zeaxanthin are often measured and reported as a single group, though they may have different functions in the body. Unlike other carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin are not sources of vitamin A because they are not converted to vitamin A; rather, lutein and zeaxanthin are lipid-soluble antioxidants. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in the liver, ovaries, pancreas, kidneys, spleen, testes, adrenals, and many eye tissues. Some of these sites use the xanthophylls, while others may store them for future use.

    Read the full article . . .

    Important Eye Health Supplements

    Brite Eyes - Sight is so precious that even though these eye drops do not contain Lutein or Zeaxanthine, they are worth highlighting. Brite Eyes is based on scientific studies indicating that the topical application of certain nutrients may help to prevent common senile eye disorders. The newly formulated Brite Eyes II contains 1% N-Acetyl-L-Carnosine, a naturally occurring antioxidant and anti-glycating agent that when topically applied, can penetrate and protect the lipid tissues of the eye against light damage. Brite Eyes II will help to diminish free radical damage and the harmful effects of glycosylation associated with degenerative eye disease.

    Lutein Plus Zeaxanthin - This supplement by Jarrow Formulas contains lutein, which protects the macula and lens from degeneration. With 1mg of zeaxanthin, this vitamin A carotenoid antioxidant concentrates in the eye's macula and lens, as well as skin, breast and cervical tissue. One cannot eat enough greens to consume 20mg of lutein per day and supplementation is critical.

    Ocuguard Plus ( Ocu Guard ) with Lutein - Each easy-to-swallow capsule provides a special concentration of micronutrients to support eye health, including lutein and high potency beta-carotene, which are potent antioxidant carotenoids. Other nutrients included in this synergistic formula are zinc from zinc picolinate (a chelated form of zinc that is easy for the body to absorb and use), natural vitamin E, vitamin C, selenium, and much more.

    Vision Optimizer - This formula is appealing because it does not contain added Vitamin A which most people get in their multiple. It contains appropriate amounts of many expensive nutrients to protect eye health.

    Visual Eyes - Bio-Aligned Formula™ with Bilberry, Lipoic Acid and Lutein - Visual Eyes is a formula by Source Naturals that supports the multiple body systems affecting vision: the brain and nervous system, antioxidant defense including macular and lens protection, liver, heart and circulation. Visual Eyes incorporates powerful herbal extracts and special ingredients known for their affinity to eye tissues.

    Super Zeaxanthin with Lutein - Super Zeaxanthin with Lutein provides standardized doses of these two critical nutrients, helping to preserve the macular pigment density that is essential to healthy vision. Each Super Zeaxanthin with Lutein softgel contains 3.75mg zeaxanthin and 22.3mg of Biolut™ marigold extract, a highly concentrated, natural extract of bioavailable lutein esters from marigold flowers.
  • Featured Product: DNA Protection Formula - Medical science has documented the ability of certain nutrients to exert powerful effects that can significantly bolster the body's natural defenses against chemical assault. DNA Protection Formula provides standardized potencies of curcumin, chlorophyllin, wasabi, and broccoli extract.

    The formula's turmeric extract contains the gene protecting nutrient curcumin that helps to maintain healthy liver function, and provides antioxidant protection against cell injury by inhibiting the formation of free radicals and quenching already formed superoxide and hydroxyl radicals.

    In addition to protecting against cell-damaging free radicals, chlorophyllin binds and forms irreversible complexes with certain toxic chemicals, allowing the body to safely eliminate them before they can enter the bloodstream.

    The formula contains the world's purest, organically grown New Zealand wasabi rhizome, a rich source of long-chain methyl isothiocyanates that have been shown to help maintain healthy liver enzymes.

    The formula's standardized broccoli extract contains concentrated levels of glucosinolate and sulforaphane, two bioactive compounds providing the isothiocyanates that are recommended for good health.

    Supplement Facts

    Serving Size: 1 capsule

    Servings Per Container: 60

    Amount Per Serving

    • Turmeric (Curcuma longa) extract (root) [Standardized to 95% curcuminoids by HPLC (285 mg) containing curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bis-demethoxycurcumin] - 300mg

    • Chlorophyllin (from sodium copper chlorophyllin) - 100mg

    • Wasabi (Wasabia japonica) powder (rhizome) (1,500 ppm isothiocyanate equivalence) - 50mg

    • Broccoli (Brassica oleracea I.) extract (sprout & plant) [standardized to 2% glucosinolates (6.4 mg) and 0.2% sulforaphane (0.64 mg)] - 320mg

    Other ingredients: gelatin, magnesium stearate, rice flour.

    Dosage and Use: Take one capsule with each meal or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.
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