My siblings and I feel pretty good about our genes. We come from healthy folks who lived longer than the average life expectancy. There are healthier families but we feel fortunate to have pretty good genes.
If your family history doesn’t feel as promising, it may feel like a waste of time to talk about genes. But I suspect that the playing field is much more level than my talk of good genes supposes.
As I understand it, each one of us has an ongoing attack on our DNA.
Oxidative stress is just beginning to be understood and I am not a scientist. But I know how to read. So do you. Go to www.pubmed.gov. In the search bar type oxidative stress. You will see a listing of almost 160,000 peer reviewed studies on oxidative stress. Biomedical scientists are studying it – a lot. The first study was published in 1960.
Almost 25,000 studies come up with the search for oxidative stress and DNA. Those studies talk about things like membrane integrity and DNA fragmentation. That sounds bad.
Diseases of aging have a link with oxidative stress that scientists around the world are studying. Diseases like diabetes mellitus, heart disease, cancer. They don’t understand it all yet. But each year they learn more. And oxidative stress is one of the usual suspects in disease.
Advertisers seem to have picked up on this early on. Hence we have all sorts of products with antioxidants. Never mind that studies indicate that antioxidants like vitamin C and E aren’t good enough to do the job – they may even add to the problem.
I am pretty sure soft drinks with antioxidants added are not healthy. But there is a science that is learning more about the role of nutrition in our gene health – nutrigenomics.
Nutrigenomics is new. Pubmed’s first study is listed in 2001. Only 1356 studies have been published to date.
Amazon.com has 152 books on nutrigenomics listed. (The first one listed is on canine nutrigenomics.)
I wouldn’t know all this except that God placed me in a company that seeks to lead in the realm of nutrigenomics. [Full disclosure: I am a distributor for LifeVantage. Here is where you can read more: http://connie.lifevantage.com/ ]
Since 2010, I have taken Protandim Nrf2 Synergizer, proven to reduce oxidative stress. I recently started taking Protandim Nrf1 Synergizer, designed to help the body make more mitochondria and protect the ones I have.
There are no guarantees. But the nineteen studies on Protandim have convinced me that this is my first line of defense against oxidative stress and the best way to protect my genes.
[This blog is one of ten in which I share what I believe to be key factors in aging well. The first in the series was Laugh Lots. I asked for funny birthday cards and donations to the Arkansas Valley Pregnancy Center, POB 249, La Junta CO 81050. There are rewards for generous donations of $25, $50, $70 and $100. See Laugh Lots for details.]