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The Green House
by Margaret Durst: Green
Super Foods – Boost Your Health With These!
lots to do with who we are and what our health is like, particularly
as we age. We tend to put up with arthritis, high blood pressure,
a little weight around the middle, etc. because we see them as symptoms
of age as determined by our genes.
are discovering more and more about our genetic makeup and
more importantly, how to control it, or at least limit the worst
aspects of it as it applies to our health. One interesting aspect
that has come out of this research is the longevity
genes or sirtuin genes which decrease chances of heart disease,
diabetes and other inflammatory processes.
genes are turned on and off by certain factors in our diet and environment.
The favorable condition is to have these longevity genes turned
on and active. Calorie restriction has long been understood to increase
the chances of a long and healthy life, and now has also been found
to turn on certain longevity genes.
part of this research has focused on how to turn these genes on
without starving. This does not mean that you can take these supplements
and eat anything you want to. The longevity genes are turned off
by certain factors such as smoking and eating too many refined carbohydrates,
so a healthy lifestyle is still recommended.
the super antioxidant nutrients such as green tea, co-enzyme Q10,
alpha-lipoic acid, resveratrol, and vitamin E that is high in gamma
tocopherol seem to turn on these genes. Supplements containing these
ingredients help us age more gracefully, store less fat, decrease
inflammation and decrease risk of heart disease and diabetes. One
supplement specifically formulated to turn the sirtuin gene on is
called Vasculo-Sirt a multi-vitamin that includes the super
has been the most important supplement in this research. It is naturally
contained in fruit skins such as grapes red wine contains
small amounts of resveratrol. You would have to drink about 100
bottles of wine per day to equal the amount of resveratrol in a
100 mg. capsule.
of these longevity genes is big business. Pharmaceutical companies
are now trying to create a synthetic resveratrol that will be more
effective at activating the sirtuin genes. So far, the synthetic
version has over-stimulated the gene, resulting in a increased tendency
towards cancer. The natural version does not have the same negative
effect, but it cannot be patented either, so drug companies do not
promote the natural resveratrol.
As with any
supplements you take for health, quality is of the utmost importance.
Cheap, poor quality ingredients may be more affordable, but they
do not have the specific components necessary to work as effectively
as the higher quality, pure ingredients. Know your sources
especially when working on the genetic level. Only the highest quality
ingredients have been shown to be active enough to repair DNA, while
poor quality ingredients actually cause further damage to DNA.
April 27, 2012
Durst owns The
Green House, a vitamin, herb and health food store in Mason,
© 2012 Margaret
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