TERRY’S BOTTOM LINE:
By protecting DNA with high absorption curcumin, tannin-free
OPCs from grape seed, and turmerones from turmeric oil, we in turn can prevent
and even treat health problems such as:
Breast, prostate and colon cancer
Brain dysfunction and memory problems
Strokes and heart attacks
Deoxyribonucleic acid, better known as DNA, is the genetic
instruction manual of how to build every cell in our body. If our DNA was never
damaged, we would easily live 150 years. But disease, toxins, and environmental
exposures take their toll. DNA damage is responsible for creating cancer cells,
cell damage in the brain, increased inflammation in the body, and decreased
activity in our organs. The role that oxidative stress plays in damaging DNA
cannot be overstated.
However, the assaults on our DNA that happen every single day
are incredibly diverse. Imagine if you had to fight against all kinds of
weapons at once. The way you defend yourself from bullets is vastly different
than defense against poison. That’s why damage to DNA is cumulative and insidious.
The most powerful nutrients I have found for protecting DNA and
combating the threat of oxidation – the “cellular rust” that happens as we age
– include a clinically-proven high absorption curcumin (from turmeric),
turmerones from turmeric oil, and a tannin-free French grape seed extract with
a high oligomeric proanthocyanidin (OPC) content. Combined, they can stop
cellular damage due to inflammation and oxidation, and help reverse and heal a
multitude of health concerns.
Curcumin, the powerful compound found in turmeric, is a potent
antioxidant and inflammation fighter. It neutralizes free radicals, and stops
them from causing cellular damage. It inhibits inflammatory markers in the body
to prevent tissue degradation. However, not all curcumin extracts are the same,
and many are difficult for the body to absorb. I believe the most effective
curcumin extract is one that is blended with turmeric oil for enhanced absorption
and increased time in the bloodstream.
In fact, the specially-prepared extract of curcumin I recommend
has an antioxidant value of over 1,500,000 per 100 g – many
times higher than that of blueberries (6,552), strawberries (3,577) or dark
chocolate (powder) (40,200) – all of which are well-known, valuable food-based
antioxidants. Like other powerful natural ingredients, this specific extract
has no serious side effects – except to make you exceptionally healthy.
Curcumin has been shown to prevent the changes that cause normal
cells to become cancerous, stop the replication of cancerous cells (tumor
formation), and stop cancerous cells from migrating to other parts of the body
(known as metastasis). Published studies on curcumin’s anticancer activity (so
far) have found that it can suppress breast, prostate, liver, skin, colon, and
Additionally, curcumin has been shown to increase the activity
of anticancer drugs and to decrease drug resistance in cancer cells (meaning it
helps cancer drugs kill tumors more efficiently). It also protects normal cells
from the toxic effects of chemotherapy drugs and radiation treatments. This
means that using curcumin in combination with chemotherapy drugs may mean less
of the toxic drugs are required, but the results will be better, with
significantly reduced side effects.
This amazing form of curcumin also stops the inflammation that
leads to obesity and diabetes, fights fatty liver disease, and is being studied
in leading-edge research concerning Alzheimer’s disease. It is simply one of
the most effective, natural medicines on the planet.
Turmerones from turmeric oil are unsung heroes. While much
attention has been focused on the curcumin content of turmeric, the turmerones
in turmeric oil have extraordinary benefits in their own right.
Research published in the journal Advances in
Pharmacological Sciences compared the anti-inflammatory activity of
the various compounds in turmeric, including curcumin and turmerones, and found
that both had abilities to fight inflammation. Along with oxidation,
inflammation is one of the primary causes of disease, and the two conditions
are often found jointly affecting our health in negative ways.
Researchers in Hong Kong evaluated the tumor-fighting potential
of curcumin and other compounds in turmeric. They found that both curcumin and
turmerones inhibited breast and liver cancer cells. In fact, concentrated
turmerones inhibited cell proliferation by 70 percent compared to controls in
three cancer cell lines.
A study at Kyoto University examined the cancer-fighting power
of turmerones from turmeric oil and found that the ingredient alone may be “a
candidate for colon cancer prevention”, and that combined with curcumin, it
could have even stronger synergistic effects. The combination better replicates
the way turmeric has been used traditionally, but with a much more concentrated
impact. I also believe that a supercritical CO2 extract of
turmerones from turmeric oil preserves the natural properties the best.
Grape Seed Extract
A potent tumor inhibitor, grape seed oligomeric
proanthocyanidins (OPCs) – components known for their cell-saving properties –
have been intensively studied for about 40 years. However, much like curcumin,
grape seed OPCs can have variable absorption. Many grape seed extracts contain
tannins, which are too big to be absorbed. That’s why I recommend a
tannin-free, French grape seed extract with an amazingly powerful antioxidant
value of over 2 million per 100 grams.
Grape seed OPCs are on the front line of cancer research. Some
of the most exciting studies have been done at the University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus. Their research of grape seed extract has shown that
this powerful botanical ingredient has the ability to target specific colon
cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells intact. Colon cancer and its
complications are the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths, so this is
a remarkable achievement.
Another work examined the effect of grape seed extract on breast
carcinoma cells when used alone or with a conventional treatment.
Their results showed that the two interventions worked well
together, but that grape seed extract alone was a strong inhibitor of breast
One of the reasons for this is that grape seed extract inhibits
aromatase, an enzyme that converts androgen into estrogen. Breast and prostate
cancer tissues typically have higher levels of aromatase. A study published in
the journal Cancer Research showed that grape seed extract
inhibited aromatase activity and reduced growth in MCF-7 breast cancer cells.
Recent Australian research found that grape seed extract reduced
the severity of mucositis, the painful inflammation of the digestive tract due
to chemotherapy, while also enhancing the effectiveness of chemotherapy in
fighting colon cancer.
A Saudi Arabian study found that grape seed OPCs were able to
regulate the activity of certain immune-regulating T-cells, inducing some and
reducing others, in a way that stopped inflammatory markers. The researchers
concluded that grape seed extract proanthocyanidins could become an adjunct
therapy for rheumatoid arthritis, or possibly an alternative treatment in its
Autoimmune inflammation also causes bone damage. It interferes
with the process of bone formation and resorption, and individuals with RA
often contend with structural joint damage. However, researchers in Korea
discovered that the ability of grape seed OPCs to reduce inflammation also
stopped the symptoms of collagen-induced arthritis in a laboratory study. It
actually helped get the natural process of building bone back on track.
Strengthening DNA to Prevent Cancer, Heart Disease, Dementia and
Because of their intensive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
activity, grape seed OPCs are increasingly on the cutting edge of Alzheimer’s
research. An Indian study found that grape seed proanthocyanidins reduced the
effects of oxidative stress in the aging brain. Studies conducted by the Mount
Sinai School of Medicine showed that grape seed extract inhibited the formation
of plaques and tangles and supported greater brain plasticity – the ability of
the brain to adapt and create new neural pathways.
Grape seed extract also reduces high blood pressure, protects
the blood vessel walls from damaging free radical activity, and prevents the
dangerous oxidation of LDL cholesterol – one of the first steps on the road to
a heart attack or stroke.
An Italian clinical study reported that 93 percent of the
individuals with pre- or mild hypertension using a high-dosage grape seed
extract saw a normalization of blood pressure numbers. And another clinical
study, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, showed that
grape seed extract improved lipid profiles and reduced oxidized LDL (bad)
cholesterol in just 8 weeks. The researchers concluded that grape seed extract
decreased the risk of blood clotting and other cardiovascular disorders.
Prevent Disease with the Right Nutrients
With these nutrients, oxidative damage to your cells is not
inevitable. They can stop and reverse its progress and preserve your health.
High-absorption curcumin, supercritical extract of turmerones, and French grape
seed extract with absorbable proanthocyanidins, make an unbeatable combination
of the strongest natural protection available.
For liver disease, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, or cancer, I
recommend taking a combination of high-absorption curcumin, supercritical
extract of turmerones, and French grape seed extract with absorbable