DNA

  1. Reverse DNA damage by ‘cleaning’ your genes

    How to clean your 'dirty' genes

    We've been gifted with the perfect stamp of our Creator's handiwork.

    It's the very DNA that make up our genes.

    They're so tiny... so complex... so essential to our design.

    There's not a chance in the world that DNA could have been caused by "chance" mutations and Darwinian evolution.

    They've been there from the very beginning.

    But all of those years of exposure to our imperfect world... all of the toxins in our air and water, the poisons in our food, and even the chemicals in the drugs that are supposed to help us... can have a devastating effect on our DNA.

    The result is best summed up in the title of the groundbreaking new book by my colleague Dr. Ben Lynch, Dirty Genes.

    Damaged DNA leads to "dirty" genes and cells that can struggle and eventually lose function, leading to rapid aging and nearly every type of health problem you can imagine.

    And if your own genes have gotten dirty, Dr. Lynch has also got a way to clean them up.

    It's a "deep clean" on a level that you never thought possible -- a good scrub that starts on the inside, as you CLEAN your GENES to slow aging, cut your disease risk, and add years to your life.

    And you don't even need to use soap for this kind of cleaning project!

    Here's an example: High blood sugar levels, inflammation, and poor oxygen (among other conditions) can turn the NOS3 gene "dirty."

    Since that's the gene responsible for producing the nitric oxide that dilates your blood vessels for good circulation, the "dirtiness" leads to struggles with nitric oxide, which increases your risk of cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, metabolic dysfunction, and more.

    You can give this gene a good "scrub" with a balance of nitrates and arginine in your diet (think turkey breast, chicken, pumpkin seeds, spirulina, chickpeas, and lentils), as well as calcium, iron, and riboflavin.

    Exercise and breathing exercises can also improve oxygen -- and before long, the NOS3 gene can be sparkling clean again.

    Bottom line: Your nitric oxide levels will return to normal and your risk of these and other chronic diseases will plunge.

    And that's just one example.

    Other dirty genes can predispose us to mood problems including depression and anxiety... pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and muscle aches... and metabolic problems that lead to obesity.

    These dirty genes can even lead to cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's.

    That's the bad news.

    The good news is that, as we saw with the NOS3 gene, it's possible to "clean" all of these genes and reverse those risks in a hurry.

    And it can often be done with specific nutritional changes.

    I'll have more on this -- including the seven main "super genes," how they impact your health, and how to clean them -- coming up in next month's Health Revelations, which will be mailed out shortly.

    For even more detail on this subject, be sure to look for Dr. Lynch's book, Dirty Genes, which is available at Amazon.com and bookstores.

    I'll have one more way to keep your genes clean coming up later today.

    Keep an eye on your email!

  2. Green tea repairs DNA damage

    Everyone knows green tea packs an unbeatable health punch-- and a new study shows why, because researchers say this great-tasting drink can actually undo genetic damage inside your body.

    And all it takes to get started is just a month of tea- sipping.

    The two-part study in the British Journal of Nutrition involved a placebo-controlled trial along with an in vitro lab experiment, and they both revealed the same thing: Tea can actually fight off the oxidative stress associated with aging and disease.

    In the trial, 18 volunteers were given either a green tea drink (specifically, the somewhat pricey Longjing variety) or water every day for four weeks. Blood and urine samples taken before and after the study period revealed the true power of tea: a 20 percent reduction in DNA damage after that single month of sipping.

    For the other part of the study, researchers incubated human blood cells with green tea. Then, they exposed those cells to hydrogen peroxide, a damaging oxidation agent-- and found that the cells exposed to tea were better able to resist damage from oxidation.

    Stress and damage from oxidation leads to aging and disease. The fact the tea can actually undo that damage helps to explain a study published earlier this year, which found that found green tea drinkers have "younger," less- damaged cells.

    And that's not the only benefit of tea. The polyphenols in tea--especially green tea, which can have up to 10 times as much as black--have been linked to cancer prevention, vision health and even longer lives. Some studies have also found that green tea may reduce the risk of diabetes, dementia, depression and so much more.

    The best way to awaken the polyphenol powers of green tea is with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of sugar--but if you're having problems with your waistline, skip the sugar and stick to the lemon.

    And if you're not--make teatime the only time you use the stuff.

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