The Bad Guys…
Free radicals are the “health depleting” bad guys that damage organs and tissues – causing them to age and fall apart exponentially. Yes, some free radicals are byproducts of your own metabolism – as cells burn oxygen for energy, the used-up oxygen molecules become unstable and damage surrounding organs and tissues. Al Sears, M.D., defines this process of free radicals like car exhaust – when your car’s engine burns gas and oxygen, it creates a toxic byproduct – cells do the same thing.
In addition to normally occurring free radicals, they are also created as your body gets hit by toxic substances and poisons from your environment. Every time you breathe in synthetic fragrances, car exhaust, cigarette smoke, smog, chemicals like pesticides and insecticides, these free radicals tear through the body causing damage every single moment of the day. Researchers estimate that every cell in the body gets 10,000 free radical attacks daily; multiplied by 50 trillion cells in your body! That kind of devastation sends you to your grave early.
Spanish researchers in Valencia discovered a gene that is responsible for triggering production of a powerful “super enzyme.” This super enzyme is proven to extend a woman’s life by supporting overall cellular health. The results were published in the Journal of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies. These scientists call it the “Methuselah enzyme,” after the Biblical figure that lived nearly 1,000 years; for good reason as it turns out.
Researchers discovered mammals that produce the highest levels of this enzyme have the longest and healthiest life spans. When fruit flies were genetically-engineered to have double the amount of this super enzyme, the fruit flies lived twice as long.
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is the super enzyme that continues to amaze researchers – it occurs naturally in the body. It helps protect against the damaging effects of the active free oxygen radicals and repairs damage done to cells and tissues by free radicals. It is found in both layers of the skin – dermis and epidermis.
SOD additionally acts as both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant in the body. It helps in neutralizing free radicals which can lead to formation of wrinkles and cell change in precancerous stage. Various other health benefits of SOD and its food sources follow below.
Superoxide Dismutase has the following health benefits…
→ Cancer – Helps prevent malignant and tumorous growth;
→ Free Radicals – This antioxidant helps fight against the oxidative damage of free radicals – reducing wrinkles and scars;
→ Arthritis – Prevents joint pain in fibromyalgia, arthritis and gout;
→ Prostate – It is health-enhancing for those with prostate disorders;
→ Lou Gehrig’s Disease – Helps with the effects of the disease;
→ Neurological Disorders – Assists with various neurological disorders (Parkinson’s, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc.);
→ Muscle Fatigue – This antioxidant reduces muscle soreness and fatigue caused by extreme physical activities and soft tissue pain from toxic overload as in fibromyalgia;
→ Effects of Chemotherapy – Provides relief from side-effects;
→ Increases Absorption – Helps the body to better use copper, zinc and manganese properly.
Best Food Sources for SOD include…
→ Barley grass
→ Brussels sprouts
→ Wheat grass (contains high concentration)
→ Melons, including honey dew, casaba and cantaloupe
→ Chard, mustard greens, spinach, romaine lettuce
For proper utilization of SOD in the body, it requires ample amount of copper and vitamin C. Therefore, enough of these compounds should be consumed or supplemented. Since SOD is absorbed in the small intestine, it must be ensured that oral supplements be enteric coated.
SOD, Copper & Zinc…
Both copper and zinc are necessary for one type of SOD enzyme (CuZnSOD) to function properly within the cells. Regardless of the presence of the SOD molecule, naturally or via GliSODin, if copper or zinc is deficient, then CuZnSOD activity decreases. Good sources of foods containing both copper and zinc include calf’s liver, crimini mushrooms, spinach, chard, asparagus and sesame seeds.
SOD & Manganese…
Another SOD enzyme found within the cell’s mitochondria is manganese. Regardless of SOD’s presence, a deficiency of the manganese cofactor results is diminished activity of the manganese. Good sources of foods containing excellent sources of manganese include mustard greens, chard, spinach, romaine lettuce, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, oats, brown rice and green beans.
The Way I See It…
Most of us will not consume enough foods containing significant amount of SOD and the nutrients necessary for absorption in order to maximally benefit health. Therefore, the supplement I use and recommend for my clients is organic kosher freeze-dried wheatgrass powder, this special blend is available through health care professionals. I recommend 1 tsp. twice daily in about 1-2 ounces of water (a shot glass full) for those over age 40 or with chronic disorders; for those under age 40, 1 tsp. daily is generally sufficient. A one tsp. serving is nutritionally equivalent to 1 ½ – 2 pounds of raw vegetables…it can’t get any easier and tastier than that! I use it when I travel because it dissolves instantly in water and provides me with healthy energy, boosts my immune system and I get my SOD and all the other necessary nutrients on the run.
Wheatgrass is considered to be a complete food because it contains every amino acid, vitamin, and mineral necessary for human nutrition. And, 1 ounce of wheatgrass has more vitamin C than 1 ounce of orange juice, twice the vitamin A of carrots. It is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream – providing immediate natural energy.
It contains Vitamins A, B1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, and 12; C, E and K. A teaspoon of wheat grass juice contains around 15mg of Calcium, 8mcg Iodine, 3.5mcg Selenium, 870mcg Iron, 62mcg Zinc, and many other minerals. There are four other special components of wheatgrass, which make it particularly valuable. These – not in any particular order – are:
• Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)
Uncovering Clues to Add LIFE to Your Years…NOT Merely Years to Your Life, Naturally
Dr. Gloria Gilbère (aka Dr. G), N.D., D.A.Hom., Ph.D., D.S.C.,
EcoErgonomist, Wholistic Rejuvenist
Dr. Gilbère is renowned worldwide for her work in identifying and finding natural solutions to chemically-induced and inflammatory disorders, multiple chemical sensitivities, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Gulf War Syndrome, and digestive disorders that defy conventional diagnosis and treatment. She consults worldwide via telephone and at her Institute in north Idaho. Visit her website at www.gloriagilbere.com for details about consulting with her.
Creator of certificated courses to become a Wholistic Rejuvenist™ (CWR) and for post-graduate education for health and spa professionals. Go to www.gloriagilbere.com and click on Wholistic Skin & Body Rejuvenation (WSBR™) for course outline. Available on-site at worldwide locations, and via distance-learning at your convenience globally.
“Life Extension” magazine; Superoxide Dismutase, Boosting the Body’s Primary Antioxidant Defense; Dale Kiefer; June 2006
“Antioxidant Revolution”; Kenneth Cooper, MD; 1994
“Forty Years of Superoxide Dismutase Research: The Work of Irwin Fridovich
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