Supercharge Your Antioxidant Levels
With this Asian Fruit
One of the best ways to fight disease and prevent cancer is by keeping your immune system strong, as regular readers of this newsletter know. There are many ways to do that, but one of the most important is to optimize your body’s antioxidant defenses. And superoxide dismutase (SOD) is one of the most powerful natural antioxidants your body produces on its own.
So it’s great news to discover a new, dependable berry that naturally boosts SOD levels and activity in the body. It’s called wolfberry. You may also know it as goji. When combined with SOD it makes one of the best health-enhancing, disease-fighting teams I’ve ever come across. Here’s the story. . .
Drink This and Cancer
“If I could pick only one treatment to cure my cancer, this would be it,” says a top expert on alternative cancer treatments.
Research conducted by a scientist at the Detroit Institute of Cancer Research showed this is one of the world’s most powerful cancer cures. Even the mainstream National Cancer Institute confirmed that this do-it-yourself treatment kills cancer cells. Then they buried the research.
Personally, I’ve been writing about cancer treatments for almost seven years. Out of nearly 400 that I’ve investigated, I haven’t found an at-home treatment that’s better.
In fact, it’s likely that NO treatment is better, even the ones provided by top alternative cancer doctors. Yet you can purchase this remarkable breakthrough over-the-counter, without a prescription.
It worked for Robert, age 54, who had late stage stomach cancer. His doctors told him he didn’t have chance. The most they could do was buy him a little time, using four aggressive chemotherapy drugs PLUS radiation — a deadly, toxic, last-ditch treatment.
INSTEAD Robert used this non-toxic liquid and was completely cancer-free within months. The amazed doctor was forced to admit Robert’s cancer was “in remission.” Two years later, he was still cancer-free.
Superoxide radicals versus SOD
In a moment I’ll explain why wolfberry is so valuable to your body. But first you need to know why the SOD made by your own body is so important to your health. You can get an in-depth report in Issue 92, but this is the quick tour:
Superoxide is a dangerous radical that wreaks havoc in your cells. A toxic byproduct of oxygen, it causes cellular and tissue damage. Superoxide may even be the instigator in a number of diseases, from cancer to heart disease to neurological issues.
Normally, superoxide is kept in check by SOD. SOD works at the molecular level to protect cells and deactivate the superoxide radical. It works to break down free radicals to the point where they’re eventually converted into water and oxygen. It essentially shields the body from superoxide radicals.
If that’s not enough reason to want more SOD in your body, there are other reasons. Scientists now have evidence that SOD deficiencies may be the reason certain people are more likely to get breast and pancreatic cancers. Low SOD levels may also be a major factor in cardiovascular disease. As a health indicator it may be more important than high cholesterol.
It boils down to this: Every one of us should make it our goal to improve our SOD levels. After all, not only is SOD linked to protection against chronic illness like cancer, but also to improvement in conditions like arthritis, diabetes, and neurological disorders. SOD may even enhance youthfulness and longevity (makes sense if you consider that aging is believed to be driven by free-radical damage).
How to get more SOD in your body
The problem with your SOD levels is that they decline dramatically with age. At the same time, aging usually brings about unwanted health issues as a result of free radical damage.
Elevated SOD levels in the body have been shown to help protect against damage to skin, lipids (fats), and even DNA. High SOD levels also help relieve ailments like pain and inflammation, along with protecting against the diseases I already mentioned — diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, and neurodegenerative problems.
The problem to date has been in creating a reliable SOD supplement from food sources. Taking oral formulations of SOD is tricky because the compound has a fragile molecular structure and can’t hold up to stomach acids. SOD gets dismantled when it gets to your stomach. This presents a challenge because SOD needs to reach your colon to be properly absorbed into your bloodstream.
That’s where oral formulations like GliSODin® come in. Issue 127 carried an in-depth report about GliSODin®. It’s a nutritional supplement made of cantaloupe extract and gliadin. The cantaloupe has high levels of SOD, and the gliadin is a wheat protein that acts as a carrier for the SOD, shielding it from stomach acids and digestive enzymes so it can travel intact to the absorptive colon.
Why wolfberry works well with SOD
The new research I’m excited about shows that the Chinese herb wolfberry can enhance SOD activity throughout your body. Not only that, but it appears to restore SOD levels to those you had when you were younger.
Wolfberry is an edible fruit, rich in potent antioxidants and native to southeastern Europe and Asia. The tiny fruit is packed with nutrients like beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins C, B1, B2, niacin, lutein, and zeaxanthin. It also contains over 30 essential and trace minerals, including iron, calcium, selenium, phosphorus, and zinc. On top of that, the wolfberry boasts 18 different amino acids, such as tryptophan and arginine.
It’s also claimed that wolfberry has a number of therapeutic benefits, including improvement in visual health, protection against diabetes, enhanced eyesight, improved sexual function for males, and a longer, healthier life span.
The antioxidant ability of this herb probably comes from its unique combination of carotenoids, vitamin C, and phenolics. But along with that, scientists suspect the antioxidant effects of the berry trace back to its synergy with SOD. By accelerating the biochemical reactions that allow SOD to tackle oxidative stress in the body, wolfberry gives SOD an improved playing field, so to speak. In turn, by neutralizing superoxide radicals, SOD curbs inflammation and degenerative disease.
In one experiment, researchers examined the effect of wolfberry on oxygen-deprived participants. Those who received wolfberry showed higher levels of SOD activity and antioxidant capacity than those who didn’t get any wolfberry. While this demonstrates a positive association between wolfberry and protection against ischemia (lack of oxygen), it also emphasizes the synergistic relationship between wolfberry and SOD.
This one looks like it’s worth a try
It looks like your best bet is to combine orally available SOD with wolfberry. Do this, and you’ll give your body one of the best known, natural boosts in overall health and disease-resistance.
But like a lot of herbal remedies, don’t expect a miracle overnight. Good health is a matter of steady effort and wise decisions. That said, some report a boost in energy and a decrease in medical problems after taking wolfberry and oral-SOD together for as little as a week.