Can You Fix Your DNA?

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DNA is our
cellular blueprint. It is part of our genetic makeup that controls
how our cells reproduce. I have just come across some fascinating
research that references specific nutrients for actually protecting
and preserving our DNA so that our genetic tendencies towards developing
degenerative diseases are warded off.

Much research
has gone into proving that so called genetic diseases like diabetes,
heart disease, cancer and more are actually the result of damage
to the cellular DNA that causes a defective reproduction of cells
in the body, which over time leads to degenerative disease. The
research has shown that some DNA damage can be repaired so that
the gene responsible for expressing the disease is actually turned

This is really
good news. I wish I had learned it earlier in life. Some of the
best DNA repair nutrients are B vitamins and zinc – both of
which are eaten up by stress and most people are deficient in. B
vitamin deficiency causes damage to the body that is almost identical
to that caused by radiation. Low levels of B vitamin lead to genetic
instability and breaks in the DNA strand that wreak havoc with cellular
programming. Vitamins are utilized in a process called methylation
that helps suppress cancer genes. Research scientists have used
supplemental B vitamins to alter DNA methylation patterns to change
what was believed to be fixed genetic traits.

Certain antioxidants
are important in protecting DNA because they increase energy in
the cells and help protect them from free-radical damage – both
of which translate to less risk of disease. The first of these super
antioxidants is coenzyme Q10. Its primary function is to provide
energy to the cells while acting as an antioxidant. It is well known
for helping with cardiac arrhytythmia, lowering blood pressure and
preventing artherosclerosis. For the immune system, coenzyme Q10
provides a boost to the immune system and helps suppress proliferations
of cancer cells. Co Q10 is beneficial in many neurological disorders
providing protection to the brain and nerves. Co Q10 is depleted
by statin drugs.

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13, 2010

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