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Phyto-Vite Anti-Aging Supplement Information: Nature's Medicine

Leslie Jacobs, M.D., and William Shoemaker, M.D.

Did your mother ever advise you to "eat your vegetables so that you can grow big and strong?" At the time you might have been a bit skeptical. Especially when the only proof or example she could provide was a feeble association between Popeye and spinach. Finally, scientific research has caught up with Mom and confirmed that, once again, she was right! Over the last few years, researchers have isolated hundreds of substances from fruits and vegetables that show promise toward treating diseases. They are called phytonutrients, or phyto-chemicals, and there may be thousands in each fruit or vegetable. Many have antioxidant capabilities greater than vitamin A, C, or E. Some have the ability to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and reduce heart disease. Many show anti-cancer benefits in preliminary studies.

Unfortunately, only nine percent of the American population consumes five servings of fruit and vegetables each day. Therefore, a large percentage of Americans fail to receive the benefits of phytonutrients. To fill that void, they should supplement with substantial amounts of antioxidants, chelated minerals, and vitamins...and a cornucopia of phytonutrients from many healthful sources.

One such source is garlic which, it has been found, can protect you from more than just vampires. In fact, the predominant phytonutrients in garlic and onions, called allylic sulfides, have been shown to have numerous beneficial effects. They enhance the immune system and also defend against bacterial and viral diseases. They can lower blood pressure, serum cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL ("bad" cholesterol). It is believed that allylic sulfides even stimulate the production of detoxifying enzymes in the body which then neutralize carcinogens before they cause their damage. These garlic compounds have been shown to decrease the incidence of many cancers in animals, while several studies have also implicated a reduction of cancer in humans.

Tomatoes have also received much recent attention because of their powerful phytonutrients. Two of these, coumaric and chlorogenic acid, limit the production of nitrosamines from the nitrites (found in such preserved meats as hot dogs and sausage) and amino acids in our diet; these toxic compounds cause cancer of the liver, stomach, bladder and other organs. More importantly, a compound called lycopene has been isolated in tomatoes. It is a member of the carotenoid family, can also be found in apricots and watermelon, and is much more potent than beta carotene. It is a powerful antioxidant that has been associated with a reduction of some cancers, and it can reduce atherosclerosis ("hardening of the arteries") which might otherwise lead to stroke or heart disease.

Broccoli, cabbage, and other "cruciferous" vegetables (cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, turnips, kale, mustard greens, etc.) have not always enjoyed popularity among Americans. However, they are particularly rich in phytonutrients. Among these, sulphoraphane has achieved the most recognition recently with a study released this year from Johns Hopkins University that it "dramatically" reduced the incidence of breast cancer in rats. These vegetables have other phytonutrients that have anti-cancer effects in preliminary studies. Among these are phenethyl isothiocyanate, indole-3-carbinol, brassinin, and chlorophyll.

The next time you see parsley adorning your dinner entree, you might consider nibbling on it as well, but it also has many valuable phytonutrients. They enhance the liver's ability to detoxify a wide range of toxins and carcinogens that we confront daily. If that were not enough of an incentive, the chlorophyll found within parsley can help to neutralize bad breath. This can be especially important if one is boosting their garlic consumption to reap the previously noted benefits!

The use of cayenne has been a "hot" topic in health care circles. Its phytonutrients, capsaicin and capsorubin, have antioxidant properties and also decrease production of carcinogenic nitrosamines. They lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and increase circulation throughout our bodies. There are even reports that capsaicin may kill bacteria in the stomach that cause ulcers.

Other sources of phytonutrients include alfalfa, spirulina, and soy. Alfalfa is high in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and the phytonutrient lutein. Spirulina contains large amounts of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and linoleic acid. Soybeans are a source of the flavonoids genistein, lecithin, and daidzein. Like other flavonoids, these compounds have antioxidant effects and decrease platelet stickiness which, in turn, lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes. In addition, genistein inhibits the growth of vessels supplying cancerous tumors.

Flavonoids, obtained from citrus, Bilberry, grape seed, grape skin and ginkgo biloba, decrease the breakdown of vitamins C and E and consequently prolong the effects of these vitamins. They also decrease platelet stickiness and increase blood flow to the brain and peripheral arteries.

As physicians, we sometimes wonder at the changes in medicine. For centuries, the only available medicines were derived from plants and herbs. Over the years, modernization and breakthroughs have allowed us to modify and synthesize medicines for nearly every complaint and illness. We now see a renewed awareness and interest in returning to nature to search for phytonutrients that will address the two leading causes of death that plague our society: cancer and cardiovascular disease. It has not, of course, reached a point that we would give up our pharmaceutical arsenal and write prescriptions to our patient's grocer, nor would we have our patients take a clove of garlic, two chili peppers, and call us in the morning. However, we do sense a willingness among many professionals in the medical community to address health issues from a preventative stance through proper diet, nutritional supplementation, exercise, and elimination of bad habits.

Each individual must make a conscious decision "to supplement, or not to supplement." Based upon scientific evidence already available, and our belief that future studies will confirm the benefits of supplementation, we choose to insure that our family, friends, and patients are given every opportunity to achieve and maintain good health. We recommend that their supplement be rich in antioxidants, vitamins, chelated minerals, and phytonutrients.

A husband-and-wife team, Drs. William Shoemaker and Leslie Jacobs are both board-certified internists who practice in Las Vegas. Their family-owned internal medicine practice is one of the largest and most successful in the state of Nevada. These two doctors are also Independent Distributors of WIN.

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