6 simple cancer protection strategies

Cancer PreventionSome of the most potent cancer protection strategies are ultimately the simplest. To maintain the integrity of your DNA you just need to optimize your body’s detoxification system to neutralize many of the chemical threats from our food supply and environment.

How well does your liver work?

Dangerous toxins are lurking in personal care items and cleaning products including, laundry soap, dishwashing detergents, kitchen cleaners and baby products. Pesticides used in and around the house; the water coming into your home; volatile organic compounds from carpet and upholstery – all are among the products that are implicated in causing cellular damage. And, let’s not forget, processed foods we consume.

Environmental toxins are a major cause of cancer – they damage DNA and can activate cancer-causing genes, which would otherwise have remained dormant. You can do your best to avoid these, but it’s impossible to eliminate them completely.

What can we do to neutralize the threat of toxins? (more…)

Extracts From Green Tea and Grape Seed Offer Plant-Based Glycemic Control

Extracts from grape seed or green tea inhibit the action of certain starch-digesting enzymes and offer a plant-based alternative for glycemic control, suggests new data from the Linus Pauling Institute.
Grape seed extracts were associated with significant inhibition of the enzymes alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase, whereas green tea was less effective at inhibiting alpha-amylase, according to findings published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry . (more…)

Five Big Reasons to Drink Tea

If you are enjoying tea while reading this article keep right on drinking. A recent study found drinking tea results in a 37% reduction in breast cancer risk for women under the age of 50, an age in which breast cancer can be particularly virulent. Another recent study has shown tea drinking reduces risk of endometrial cancer. These results add to the pile of data showing tea is one of the healthiest beverages a person can drink.

Study finds tea lowers risk for all common breast cancers

The study, reported in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, examined the association of regular tea consumption with the risk of breast cancer in a large population-based, case-controlled study completed in the U.S. Researchers examined data from 5,082 women with breast cancer between the ages of 20 and 74 years from population-based cancer registries, along with 4,501 age-matched controls. Information on usual tea consumption five years prior to the interview and other breast cancer risk factors were analyzed. (more…)

Genistein, capsaicin and EGCG inhibit fat cells via AMPK

Soya contains genistein, an isoflavone that inhibits the growth of fat cells and in high concentrations even kills them off. Good stuff for a slimming supplement that for once doesn’t work by raising the adrenalin level – with all the associated health risks. Korean nutritionists at Kyung Hee University

discovered that capsaicin, the stimulatory substance in chilli peppers, and the green tea flavonoid EGCG work in the same way as genistein. They activate AMPK – just like the doping substance Aicar does… (more…)

Green tea and cocoa epicatechin flavonoids lower diabetes risk and extend lifespan

New research published in the Journal of Nutrition provides evidence that potent epicatechin flavonoids from extracts of green tea and cocoa lower the destructive effects of high blood sugar. This can effectively prevent damage that ravages the major organs and especially the coronary arteries lining the heart muscle. Diabetes is a disease that is growing at an epidemic rate, and it decreases life expectancy by as much as eight years. Death occurs as a result of complications from multiple chronic conditions. Scientists found that epicatechin flavonoids inhibit the cellular damage caused by rising blood sugar levels and can prevent damage to the heart and liver. Regular supplementation can improve life expectancy by halting organ damage leading to chronic illness. (more…)

Green Tea Compound Being Developed as Potential HIV-1 Therapy

Researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and the Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH), both in Houston, have been evaluating the ability of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) to inhibit infection by HIV-1. EGCG is among a group of natural polyphenols, called catechins, found in green tea; it is the most prevalent and active catechin. A report on this evaluation appeared in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (February 2009;123[2]:459-465). There were three coauthors: Christina L. Nance, PhD; Edward B. Siwak, PhD; and William T. Shearer, MD, PhD. For this column, I questioned Dr. Nance about certain findings and points.

Studies have indicated that EGCG inhibits replication of HIV-1 by targeting several steps in the life cycle of HIV-1. In high nonphysiologic concentrations, EGCG reportedly interferes with reverse transcriptase (RT) and protease activity. (more…)

Strategies for Healthy Aging

Over the past century life expectancy has grown tremendously, to nearly 80 years of age. This increase has led to a surge in interest on the best methods to maintain our youth, and age as gracefully and healthfully as possible. This is probably due to the fact that we now die less from infectious disease, and more from chronic, degenerative diseases.

 

People don’t want to live longer with a poor quality of life; we want to live longer while maintaining a high level of functional capacity and high quality of life.  This is where eating a balanced diet rich in real, whole, minimally processed foods, exercising regularly, minimizing stress and supplementing appropriately comes into play.
There is an absolute boatload of information out there on how to maximize your nutrition, exercise to improve your health and steps you can take to minimize stress.  But what about proper supplementation?

 

Unfortunately there is also a lot of hyperbole and misinformation on supplementation. What foods, extracts or compounds have actually been shown improve your quality of life as you age?
Well a few of these foods are green tea, pomegranates and a compound in red wine called resveratrol.  They each have their own uniquely powerful benefits that contribute to your health and help you to maintain your energy and vitality as you age.
Green tea contains some powerful compounds called catechins, with the most studied and most beneficial catechin being epigallocatechin-3-gallate, or EGCG. EGCG makes up about 10-50% of the total catechin content of green tea, and it is 25-100 times more powerful than vitamins C and E!

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Green tea and alzheimers

The healing capacity of green tea has been understood and cultivated by the Chinese for more than 5,000 years. Western medicine has been very slow to embrace the many health benefits attributed to drinking green tea, as it has been with many super foods known to lower the risk of chronic disease. Researchers now have conclusive scientific evidence that green tea can protect the brain against developing Alzheimer`s disease and can play a vital role in protecting the body against cancer. Health-minded individuals can take advantage of the ancient Chinese tradition of drinking green tea each day to naturally protect their health.

Green tea contains compounds known as catechins (EGCG) that are powerful antioxidants known to scavenge free radicals and lower the risk from many illnesses. In the past, scientists have been unable to validate the specific effect of these catechins once they are broken down in the body through digestion. We now have confirmation that EGCG becomes more potent when subjected to post-digestive enzymes in the stomach.

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