5/26/2005

5/26/2005
We've all been taught that the genes we're born with are the ones we have for life. But the truth is that we can improve how our genes function! That's according to well-known health writer Jack Challem, author of the new book, "Feed Your Genes Right."

Genes are the microscopic biological programs that govern the function of every cell in the body. Jack Challem observes that our genes deteriorate with age - that is, they change for the worst. We can speed up the breakdown of our genes by eating junk foods, or we can slow their breakdown by eating healthy foods and taking supplements.

In this remarkable book, Jack makes a powerful new case for the benefits of nutriton in health. He writes that our genes ultimately depend on what we eat. For example, some of the B vitamins (particularly folic acid) are needed to create new DNA and genes, as well as to repair and regulate them. If you don't get enough B vitamins, your genes malfunction and you have an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and many other diseases, according to Challem.

He writes that “energy” nutrients, such as co-enzyme Q10, help control free radicals at their source in cells, and these same nutrients indirectly contribute to the structure and activity of genes. Similarly, antioxidants like vitamins E and C help prevent free radical damage to our genes. The "younger" you can maintain your gene function, the more resistant you'll be to aging and age-related diseases.

Even people with inherited genetic disorders can benefit. Challem points out that people with known family risks for heart disease, cancer, sickle-cell anemia and other diseases can be helped through dietary improvements and supplements.

We've known Jack Challem for many years, and "Feed Your Genes Right" is his most remarkable book to date. Single copies are available through Jack's website www.feedyourgenesright.com.


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