Yes, Virginia, you are what you eat. Plant DNA and animal DNA has always affected our health and DNA in a positive way. So why even bring this up and why is NeoLife so interested in this?
NeoLife Vitamins is a whole food supplement company that wishes to offer the optimal original foods diet found in healthy cultures. Anything more or less could be like adding water to your car’s gasoline. Yes, water is liquid but adding it will affect the the running of the car’s engine because it’s not the same as gas.
The creation of health has not changed but the knowledge of how it takes place is better known than ever before, but often ignored. Adequate sleep and rest, proper water intake, protein, antioxidants and enzymes etc. are so important.
Silent unseen threats are just common place now with the addition of many chemicals and the removal of nutritional components. For many decades this has been studied by NeoLife’s SAB Scientific Adversary Board with renowned pathologist Dr. Authur Furst of Stanford University. Others include the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, USDA, Texas A&M and many others.
We have been told not to be concerned with modification of plants with human genes, animal genes and even insect genes. But recently, a combined analysis of four independent studies involving more than 1,000 human samples and a team of researchers from universities in Hungary, Denmark and the U.S. looked at the assimilation process for GMOs as they are currently consumed throughout the world. They found that we do uptake these foreign genes into our own DNA. Also, they found that eating meats raised on these modified foods passed those genes on to consumers.
Based on this latest analysis of how food genes are transferred from the digestive tract into the bloodstream, it is now apparent that the genes of GMOs pass into the bloodstream whole. Their presence is also associated with major inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, adenoma and colorectal cancer. These GMOs can also alter your friendly gut bacteria proving you are what you eat.
We are so happy that NeoLife has provided us with the best GMO-free nutritional supplements since 1958.
Macular Degeneration can Carotenoids Help? Studies of Carotenoid Complex™ proved that the product is highly bioavailable, reduces oxidation damage to cells by 44% and protects LDL cholesterol in the blood from oxidizing. These findings are important because oxidation contributes to aging, the decline of the immune system, and chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and degenerative diseases of the eyes and nervous system. (References)
NeoLife Carotenoid Complex™ offers an ideal profile of all the carotenoids important for human health. They pioneered supplementation in this area by first developing the testing which made it possible to identify which carotenoids were found in different foods and in the human body. One must be able to identify a compound’s presence in foods if one wishes to make an extract of the substance from the food. This testing revealed vast differences in the quantity of carotenoids in different foods depending upon how they were grown and the variety of plant involved. For example, some spinach had 100 times more lutein than other spinach. GNLD NeoLife chose the richest and purest sources of different carotenoid families to produce a supplement with an ideal profile of carotenoids.
Encapsulation of carotenoids proved to be a particularly complex task. Carotenoids function as protectors against free radical oxygen which is abundantly present in the air we breathe. The GNLD NeoLife scientists developed a technology called the NutriMax process to protect the purity and potency of the carotenoids in foods. The technology involves preparing raw ingredients at low temperatures to prevent nutrient loss and encapsulation in an oxygen-free environment to prevent destruction of the carotenoids. The product was protected by British patent number 2,274,235 in 1996.
The next stage in the development of the carotenoid product was testing to see if the supplement was capable of being absorbed and elevating blood levels of carotenoids. The successful conclusion of this study was presented in a poster or highlighted study before the New York Academy of Sciences. United States Depart of Agriculture researchers were present at this meeting and requested samples of the Carotenoid Complex™ to study. Independent research by the USDA revealed the potent beneficial effects of GNLD Neolife Carotenoid Complex™. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1997 reported that Carotenoid Complex™ could boost overall immune function 37% in 20 days. In addition natural killer cells increased in number by 20% in 20 days. Natural killer cells are one of the arms of the body’s immune system which protects us from cancer. USDA researchers also found that Carotenoid Complex™ prevented oxidation of cholesterol in the body and reduced oxidative damage to cells.
The real power of Carotenoid Complex™ was revealed when compared to supplements of Vitamin E and Vitamin C. One Carotenoid Complex™ capsule had the Total Antioxidant Potential (TAP) of 800 IUs of vitamin E or 400 mg of vitamin C. One bottle of Carotenoid Complex™ will deliver the carotenoid power of consuming 250 or more pounds of raw fruits and vegetables since the body only absorbs 5-10% of the carotenoids in raw foods. Another advantage is that the carotenoids are provided in a form which is separated from the sugars which are abundant in many of the fruit sources of carotenoids.
Many years ago Professor Richard W. Young, Ph.D., professor emeritus at UCLA and a member of the Jules Stein Eye Institute, wrote me the following in a personal communication, “lutein and zeaxanthin are found in relatively large amounts (in the human retina), concentrated in the yellow spot (macula lutea) directly in the center of the retina, where visual acuity is greatest. This is precisely the region of degeneration and visual loss in AMD (age-related macular degeneration). The xanthophylls appear to have the triple function of (1) absorbing violet/blue light before it can damage the visual cells and retinal pigment epithelium (the cells which deteriorate in AMD), (2) acting as retinal antioxidants, and (3) being situated in just the right place for protection against AMD—front and center in the retina.”
Xanthophylls are the only carotenoids found in the eye lens and macula. Zeaxanthin is found in maize and lutein in corn. Leafy green vegetables such as spinach are also very good sources of these carotenoids. Unfortunately, some of the best sources of the xanthophylls are foods like kale and collards which are rarely consumed by most individuals.
Supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin has been shown to increase blood levels of the nutrients and also to increase macular pigment optical density where it is not optimal.
One study of healthy women under 75 years of age found that stable intake of lutein plus zeaxanthin was associated with substantially lower odds (about a 40% reduced risk) of developing age-related macular degeneration.
A separate study of 398 women 52-74 years of age found that dietary intake of foods rich in carotenoids reduced the risk of “pigmentary abnormalities” of the eye in a dose related manner– the higher the intake of carotenoid rich and vitamin E rich foods the lower the risk to the eyes. For some reason, in this study intake of foods high in alpha and beta-carotene was more closely associated with reduced risk than was the intake of lutein and zeaxanthin.
References: Jacques PF, The Potential Preventive Effects of Vitamins for Cataract and Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Int J Vitam Nutr Res, 1999;69(3):198- 205. Schalch, Wolfgang, Carotenoids in the Retina – A Review of Their Possible Role in Preventing or Limiting Damage Caused by Light and Oxygen, Free Radicals and Ageing, Birkhauser Verlag Basel, Switzerland, 1992;280-298. Connolly EE, Nolan JM, et al, Augmentation of macular pigment following supplementation with all three macular carotenoids: an exploratory study, Curr Eye Res, 2010; 35(4): 335-51. Moeller SM, Parekh N, et al, Associations between intermediate age-related macular degeneration and lutein and zeaxanthin in the Carotenoids in Age-related Eye Disease Study (CAREDS): ancillary study of the Women’s Health Initiative, Arch Opthalmol, 2006; 124(8): 1151-1162. Morris MS, Jacques PF, et al, Intake of zinc and antioxidant micronutrients and early age-related maculopathy lesions, Ophthalmic Epidemiol, 2007; 14(5): 288-98.
Food Derived Carotenoids Protect Against Lung Cancer. It is well known that carotenoids promote the body’s ability to defend against essentially all forms of cancer. You can find compelling evidence in the form of strong references that support that throughout peer-reviewed scientific/medical literature. A new study published by researchers from Montreal University in the journal Frontiers in Oncologyreinforces that point by showing that combinations of dietary carotenoids derived from food provide a 25-35% protective factor against lung cancer.
Now, before I go any further let me start by saying that the single greatest cause of lung cancer is smoking. So if you smoke, stopping will be your strongest cancer prevention step.
That said, this study points out that smoker or not carotenoids offer protection to delicate lung tissue. It shows that those in the top 33% of food-based carotenoid consumers received a 25-35% risk reduction for lung cancer compared to the others in the group; irrespective of age, gender or smoking status. That makes this a powerful message for everyone! (For heavy smoking females vitamin Cseemed to provide added protection as well.)
The study also found that higher intake of food-based carotenoids equated to lowered cell development sub-forms of cancer, including squamous cell, small cell and adenocarcinoma cell growth.
Here are my key takeaways:
1. Dietary abundance of food-derived carotenoids is a strong health protector; for cancer, but other chronic diseases as well. We should all make getting them a priority every day.
2. A diversity of food-derived carotenoids is hugely important. In this study they looked at 4 that work in synergy with each other; alpha and beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin and lycopene.
3. You can only get food-derived carotenoids from food. So eating lots of carotenoid-rich foods is important.
4. If you have trouble consuming an abundance of carotenoid -rich foods each day, try supplementing to fill your whole food-carotenoid gap.
So, eat smart every day and consume a lot of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables. And if you can’t do that make sure to fill your whole food-carotenoid gap with superior quality supplements….or better yet, do both. I do.