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Antioxidants Proven To Be Key To Long Life (press release)

Friday, August 26, 2005
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: health news, Natural News, nutrition

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Mice engineered to produce high levels of an antioxidant enzyme lived 20% longer and had less heart and other age-related diseases. If the same is true in humans, people could live beyond 100 years. The University of Washington work backs the idea that highly reactive oxygen molecules, called free radicals, cause ageing. Free radicals have been linked with heart disease, cancer and other age-related diseases.

The International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 2004 published results showing that Reishi caused a significant post-ingestion increase in plasma antioxidant capacity with peak response at 90 min. Increase in urine antioxidant capacity was seen within 3 hours. Results indicate that Reishi intake causes an acute increase in plasma antioxidant capacity.

Reishi is a powerful antioxidant; in a laboratory study Reishi significantly elevated the free radical scavenging ability of blood and was so strong that even after the Reishi extract was absorbed and metabolized the scavenging effect still continued. A compound called GLB 7 actually decreases the production of oxygen free radicals. Dr. Vladimir Kupin of the Cancer Research Centre in Moscow discovered that Reishi was more effective as a free radical scavenger than isolated refined compounds. A laboratory study with fruit flies that have a very similar genetic make up to humans and are often used in experiments proved that Reishi significantly lengthened the life span of those that had been fed Reishi compared to controls.

Cancer and Dietary Antioxidants

Epidemiological studies show that a high intake of anti-oxidant-rich foods is inversely related to cancer risk. Animal and cell cultures confirm the anticancer effects of antioxidants. Selenium and vitamin E reduced the risk of some forms of cancer, including prostate and colon cancer and carotenoids have been shown to help reduce breast cancer risk.

Cancer treatment by radiation and anticancer drugs reduces inherent antioxidants and induces oxidative stress, which increases with disease progression. While clinical studies on the effect of anti-oxidants in modulating cancer treatment are limited in number and size, experimental studies show that antioxidant vitamins and some herbs selectively induce apoptosis ( cell death ) in cancer cells but not in normal cells and prevent angiogenesis and metastatic spread, suggesting a potential role for antioxidants as adjuvants in cancer therapy. Reishi has been shown to suppress cell adhesion and cell migration of highly invasive breast and prostate cancer cells, suggesting its potency to reduce tumor invasiveness.

Accumulation of excess free radicals causing oxidative damage to cells is one of the contributing factors in ageing and has been implicated in many diseases, including cancer. The human immune system and antioxidant activity becomes weaker and less efficient with age; this reduced effectiveness helps to explain the rising incidence of cancer and life threatening infections in older people. It is thought antioxidant supplements could help to maintain bodily processes and prevent a significant number of degenerative diseases, especially those of the immune, cardiovascular and liver functions. Indeed, antioxidant supplementation has shown a remarkable ability to forestall age related changes to the immune system and even reverse many aspects of immune function in subjects with damaged immune functions.

Extracts from medicinal mushrooms are classified as nutraceuticals, i.e. dietary supplements. Functional food science is a rapidly evolving discipline researching ways to maintain good health and improve homeostasis and thus create conditions for reducing the risk of disease. It is quite distinct from medical and pharmaceutical sciences where the objectives are mainly to eliminate, cure or control diseases rather than to fortify the patient and prevent disease. Functional foods are poised to play an increasingly important role in developed nations to curtail spiraling health care budgets.

It is widely recognized that diet has a critical role in general health and that many types of cancer can be linked to inappropriate diets. Regular consumption of fruits and vegetables ( functional foods ) are now considered essential ingredients in cancer and coronary disease prevention programs, e.g. the Department Of Health campaign advocating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Cancer Research UK note, ‘Dietary supplements consisting of whole mushroom extracts are becoming increasingly popular. Unlike most dietary supplements, mushroom dietary supplements contain a veritable Pandora's box of compounds'.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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