Deoxyribonucleic acid, better known as DNA, is the genetic instruction manual of how to build every cell in our body. If our DNA was never damaged, we would easily live 150 years. But disease, toxins, and environmental exposures take their toll. DNA damage is responsible for creating cancer cells, cell damage in the brain, increased inflammation in the body and decreased activity in our organs. The role that oxidative stress plays in damaging DNA cannot be overstated.
However, the assaults on our DNA that happen every single day are incredibly diverse. Imagine if you had to fight against all kinds of weapons at once. The way you defend yourself from bullets is vastly different than defense against poison. That’s why damage to DNA is cumulative and insidious.
Terry’s Bottom Line
By protecting DNA with high absorption curcumin, tannin free OPCs from grapeseed and turmerones from turmeric oil, we in turn can prevent and even treat health problems such as:
The ingredients I recommend are: Proprietary Formula: 575 mg
Curcumin (Curcuma longa) Rhizome Extract (BCM-95®) enhanced with turmeric essential oils and standardized for curcuminoid complex (curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin), French Grape (Vitis vinifera L.) Seed Extract standardized to contain >99% polyphenols and >80% OPCs, Turmeric (Curcuma longa) Rhizome Oil extracted by supercritical CO2 technology and standardized to contain 48% total turmerones.
The most powerful nutrients I have found for protecting DNA and combating the threat of oxidation – the “cellular rust” that happens as we age – include a clinically-proven high absorption curcumin (from turmeric), turmerones from turmeric oil, and a tannin-free French grape seed extract with a high oligomeric proanthocyanidin (OPC) content. Combined, they can stop cellular damage due to inflammation and oxidation, and help reverse and heal a multitude of health concerns. That’s why they are subject of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.
Curcumin, the powerful compound found in turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and inflammation fighter. It neutralizes free radicals, and stops them from causing cellular damage. It inhibits inflammatory markers in the body to prevent tissue degradation. However, not all curcumin extracts are the same, and many are difficult for the body to absorb. In my years of research, the most effective curcumin extract is one that is made to a very fine powder and then blended with turmeric oils for up to 10 times the absorption of standard 95 percent extracts. This same curcumin does more than simply absorb. It stays in the bloodstream – at significant levels – for up to 12 hours.
In fact, the specially-prepared extract of curcumin I recommend has an antioxidant value of over 1,000,000 per 100 g – many times higher than that of blueberries (6,552), strawberries (3,577) or dark chocolate (powder) (40,200) – all of which are well-known, valuable food-based antioxidants. Like other powerful natural ingredients, this specific extract has no serious side effects – except to make you exceptionally healthy.
This amazing form of curcumin stops the inflammation that leads to obesity and diabetes, fights fatty liver disease, and is being studied in leading-edge research concerning Alzheimer’s disease. It is simply one of the most effective natural medicines on the planet.
Turmerones from turmeric oil are unsung heroes. While much attention has been focused on the curcumin content of turmeric, the turmerones in turmeric oil have extraordinary benefits in their own right.
Research published in the journal Advances in Pharmacological Sciences compared the anti-inflammatory activity of the various compounds in turmeric, including curcumin and turmerones, and found that both had abilities to fight inflammation. Along with oxidation, inflammation is one of the primary causes of disease, and the two conditions are often found jointly affecting our health in negative ways.
Grape Seed Extract
A potent tumor inhibitor, grape seed oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) – components known for their cell-saving properties – have been intensively studied for about 40 years. However, much like curcumin, grape seed OPCs can have variable absorption. Many grape seed extracts contain tannins, which are too big to be absorbed. That’s why I recommend a tannin-free, high-OPC French grape seed with an amazingly powerful antioxidant value of over 2 million per 100 grams.
Recent Australian research found that grape seed extract reduced the severity of mucositis, the painful inflammation of the digestive tract due to chemotherapy, while also enhancing the effectiveness of chemotherapy in fighting colon cancer.
A Saudi Arabian study found that grape seed OPCs were able to regulate the activity of certain immune-regulating T-cells, inducing some and reducing others, in a way that stopped inflammatory markers. The researchers concluded that grape seed extract proanthocyanidins could become an adjunct therapy for rheumatoid arthritis, or possibly an alternative treatment in its own right.
Autoimmune inflammation also causes bone damage. It interferes with the process of bone formation and resorption, and individuals with RA often contend with structural joint damage. However, researchers in Korea discovered that the ability of grape seed OPCs to reduce inflammation also stopped the symptoms of collagen-induced arthritis in a laboratory study. It actually helped get the natural process of building bone back on track.
Because of their intensive antioxidant and antiinflammatory activity, grape seed OPCs are increasingly on the cutting edge of Alzheimer’s research. An Indian study found that grape seed proanthocyanidins reduced the effects of oxidative stress in the aging brain. Studies conducted by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine showed that grape seed extract inhibited the formation of plaques and tangles and supported greater brain plasticity – the ability of the brain to adapt and create new neural pathways.
Grape seed extract also reduces high blood pressure, protects the blood vessel walls from damaging free radical activity, and prevents the dangerous oxidation of LDL cholesterol – one of the first steps on the road to a heart attack or stroke.
An Italian clinical study reported that 93 percent of the individuals with pre- or mild hypertension using a high-dosage grape seed extract saw a normalization of blood pressure numbers. And another clinical study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, showed that grape seed extract improved lipid profiles and reduced oxidized LDL (bad) cholesterol in just 8 weeks. The researchers concluded that grape seed extract decreased the risk of blood clotting and other cardiovascular disorders.
Prevent Disease with the Right Nutrients
With these nutrients, oxidative damage to your cells is not inevitable. They can stop and reverse its progress and preserve your health. High-absorption curcumin, supercritical extract of turmerones, and high-OPC grape seed extract with absorbable proanthocyanidins, make an unbeatable combination of the strongest natural protection available.
When in doubt, always consult your physician or health care practitioner. This column is to provide you with information to maintain your health.
Reprinted with kind permission of terrytalksnutrition.com