DNA – Take care of yours – naturally!

DNA is our cellular blueprint. It is part of our genetic makeup that controls how our cells reproduce. 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 off. 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.
The next super antioxidant is alpha lipoic acid which is a master antioxidant in that it enables recycling of other antioxidants such as C, E and coenzyme Q10. Alpha lipoic acid is one of the major anti-aging nutrients and is known for suppressing the activity of inflammation promoting genes that can lead to degenerative diseases. Alpha lipoic acid improves the efficiency of insulin and is used supplementally to lower blood sugar. This antioxidant is very helpful to those with diabetes or insulin resistance.
Vitamin E inhibits inflammation promoting genes. The best form is the natural form with the full spectrum of the E family known as mixed tocopherols. Research has shown E to reduce the accumulation of the beta-amyloid protein in the brain that is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.
Note that in using supplements for health, it is very important to use very high quality natural supplements. The synthetic supplements do work in the short run at a lower efficiency, but in the long run, they actually cause damage to the cellular DNA which defeats the purpose of taking them over time.

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Margaret Durst has been involved with natural health for over 20 years. In her early 30s, she was faced with a medical diagnosis that recommended a lifetime of prescription drugs. In her heart, she knew that there must be an alternative way to healing and health and thus began her journey into natural health. Along the way, Margaret has trained with many different natural health practitioners and earned a degree in Naturopathy. She established her nutritional consulting practice and opened The Green House in 2003 to enable her mission of helping people navigate the natural health maze. People have praised Margaret for intuitive ability to help people address their health issues and goals with diet and lifestyle choices and successfully take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. This comes from Margaret’s deeply held beliefs in the body’s innate ability to heal and in the tools nature provides for health and healing.
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5 Responses to DNA – Take care of yours – naturally!

  1. IveyLeaguer says:

    Margaret, how do you tell a synthetic supplement from a high quality ‘natural’ one? Would
    Carlson’s E-Gems Elite w. Tocopherols & Tocotrienols, for example, be a high quality Vit. E? How about Vitacost’s products, which are promoted as a better alternative than cheap, store-bought brands?

    And is there any middle ground? Most people I know can’t afford high quality supplements, and rely on places like Vitacost to cut their costs roughly in half from retail. Otherwise they couldn’t buy all the supplements they need.

    Thanks.
    ~~~

    • It goes brand by brand.
      Carlson is a good one.

      I don’t know about Vitacost brand – am not a fan of store brands in general – doesn’t mean there aren’t good ones.

      We do discount almost throughout the whole store, and we are full service. You get our opinions – and we stock just what we know. We hope people still value that.

      I know staying healthy is expensive, but it is cheaper than getting sick.

  2. IveyLeaguer says:

    Look forward to taking a look at your store when you get it going … Vitacost is a step above drug store/Walmart brands, I know that. Not pushing them, either, I’m very cautious about trusting a brand or company. I don’t know about them.

    My concern is for those who can’t afford to buy Carlson, Jarrow, and certainly the super expensive proprietary brands. Those people buy the cheap, commercial stuff at drug store chains, Walmart, Sam’s, Costco, etc..

    I am looking for a middle ground, price/quality wise, if there is one, where people who simply don’t have the cash can obtain the supplements they need, the quality of which might be good enough to benefit them, and not hurt them in the long run.
    ~~~

    • There are things that are worth splurging on.
      For example – I think that Jarrow has one of the best Co Q10′s out.
      It just depends on what you are on – it really does go product by product.
      And that is why I work with people one on one – I like to help people prioritize. I would much rather people take just a few things that they really need than a whole bunch of stuff that isn’t really helping them.

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