Healthy Beginnings

New Tool in the Fight Against Cancer

When the body is young and healthy it is able to take care of the balance between cellular damage and repair and rejuvenation. One of the more recent discoveries of how the body takes care of repairing damage is to signal the production of antioxidant enzymes or survival genes through something known as the Nrf2 (nuclear recombinant factor) pathway.

Nrf2 is a powerful protein
that is latent within each cell
in the body, unable to move
or operate until it is released
by an Nrf2 activator. Once
released, it migrates into the
cell nucleus and bonds to the
DNA at the location of the
ARE (antioxidant response
element), which is the master regulator of the total antioxidant system that is available in all human cells.

This balancing act can become disrupted as one ages, or if the body is overcome by malfunction and disease resulting in further damage. This damage is known as oxidative stress and is accompanied by free radical production. Free radicals are free oxygen molecules that are very damaging to tissues when they interact with them. This damage contributes to the progression of hundreds of diseases and aging symptoms.

Direct antioxidants such as vitamin C & E, berries and juices have typically been used to neutralize free radicals and to prevent the damage they cause. One molecule of antioxidants from these sources neutralizes one free radical at a 1:1 ratio. However, there comes a tipping point where the direct antioxidants are inadequate to take care of the damage.

A better approach to fighting free radicals is to use the body’s own self defense mechanism. When Nrf2 is activated, it turns on the production of multiple internal

enzymes that are powerful enough to neutralize up to one million free radicals per second, every second. This has proven to be a far more effective approach in combating aging and disease.

More than 1,000 scientific publications describe the relationship between Nrf2 activation and benefits in addressing various types of cancer. These studies span the entire range of scientific study design, from clinical supplementation trials in humans, to mechanic studies in specific cell cultures, to gene activation studies.

Nrf2 is perhaps the most important cell defense and survival pathway – protecting cells and tissues from a variety of toxicants and carcinogens.

One particularly effective activator is a patented combination of five herbs (ashwagandha, bacopa, green tea, milk thistle and turmeric). It has been studied in dozens of peer-reviewed studies at universities and published in some of today’s most prestigious scientific journals.

They have shown how this specific blend helps activate Nrf2, resulting in an average reduction in cellular stress of as much as 40 percent within 30 days.

Watch for further information in future articles on the benefits of this activator against specific kinds of cancer.

For more information, contact Reno Integrative Medical Center, 6110 Plumas St., Ste. B, Reno, at 775-829-1009 or


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