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Natural Ingredients That Stimulate Healthy Cell Formation

These days, when the word “cell” is mentioned, most of us are likely to think “phone.” While many of us may argue that cell phones are vital to our well being, there are other kinds of cells that are probably just a little more important. These are the cells in your body; the fundamental units of life form which all your organs and tissues are made.

Like most of our cell phones, the cells of the body are in constant communication with one another, responding to the signals they receive from your environment. If the cells cannot operate efficiently, tissues and organs can breakdown, resulting in a host of health conditions. In order to keep these cells functioning properly you need to keep yourself well nourished. Here are some healthy ingredients you need to ensure that these very important cells continue to serve you well.

whole grains

Whole Grain
Whole foods contain the fullest variety of nutrients, which makes whole grains one of the most complete food sources for healthy cell formation. The three main parts of the whole grain each serve a different purpose, and provide a different complement of vitamins and minerals. The protective bran guards the sprout from sun damage; the germ contains a high level of micronutrients from the vitamin E family, while the endosperm contains the lowest level of nutrients and serves mostly to provide calories for the sprout. While all three parts are used in whole grain food, refined products, such as white bread, use only the endosperm, or starch component of the grain.

Fats and Cell Formation
The fats you eat have a major influence on your cells. As a matter of fact, they become your cell membranes. Unsaturated fats, like the omega-3s in fish and nuts, are needed to give your cell membranes their shape and the ability to communicate with one another. While trans fatty acids, or saturated fats, also become part of your cells membrane, they are less able to respond to signals and can cause cell membranes to become brittle.

Cereals, vegetables, fruits, and grains also have fats to protect cell membrane from damage. These include tocopherals and are found in highest amounts in wheat germ oil, carotenoids, such as beta-carotene in carrots, vitamin C from citrus fruits, and lycopene in tomatoes.

eggs and meat

DNA is the part of your cell which stores your genetic information, and it is vital that you take steps to make sure its integrity is not compromised. When the structure of DNA breaks down, the body becomes not only unable to produce proteins for proper cell function, but it may cause mutations that lead to cancer. While fats are an integral part of protecting the DNA, it is also important to maintain adequate levels of protein, choline, inositol, carotenoids, and antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E.

Healthy DNA also requires an adequate intakes of vitamin B12 and folate, which are involved with repair and replication of DNA. Eggs, meat, fish and dairy are all rich in vitamin B12, while high levels of folate are found in eggs, grains, and green vegetables.

Organic Foods
Since agricultural chemicals are know to damage the function and structure if cells, organically grown foods are recommended to promote healthy cell formation. Studies show that pesticides can overstimulate enzymes which can be a cause of inflammation, and a contributing factor to psoriasis and atherosclerosis,
Organic foods can also minimize DNA degradation. Test tube studies show that agricultural chemicals can lead to genetic mutations leading to the development of cancer and have a negative effect on the production of energy.

Are you keeping your cells healthy? Let us know what you’re eating to keep your cells in tip top shape!

Omega 3 Rich Foods’ Skin Effects

Apparently Jennifer Anniston is not only beautiful, but smart, and she’s not only smart, she’s smart about being beautiful. Anyone interested in Jen’s eating habits will know that Jen is a firm believer an omega-3, fish oil rich diet. That’s because Jennifer Anniston knows how important omega-3 is for your skin. If you need more proof than Jenn’s face to convince you to put more Omega-3 in your diet, let’s talk about how it affects your skin and how you can get more of it.

fish oil omega 3 capsules woman taking omega-3 pill
What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that the body cannot make by itself, and must be acquired through food. They are crucial for brain function, growth and development and also decrease the risk of heart disease. They are also good for the skin.

How Do They Work?
When we age, cells become thinner and less elastic. The barrier function of the skin is decreased and moisture is allowed to leave the skin causing it to become dry. In addition to this, the number of epidermal cells decreases as well, and the skin is not able to repair itself as efficiently. At the same time, structural elements which support the skin begin to weaken. All of these factors promote wrinkling.

Omega -3 fatty acids enforce the skin cell membrane. The skin cell membrane is the outermost layer of the skin cell and is responsible for monitoring the entrance and exit of nutrients and waste products, admitting them to the skin cell or disposing of them. The skin cell membrane also affects the ability of the cell to stay hydrated. If the skin cell can hold on to water, skin will be more moist and softer, which may prevent or even eradicate wrinkles.

Omega-3s and Sun Damage
Research demonstrates that omega-3 fatty acids can decrease skin damage from ultraviolet light and limit the production of cancer cells caused by UV light. Omega-3s also have anti-inflammatory properties which can heal wounds and treat psoriasis, acne, and atopic dermatitis.

Where Can We Get Them?
The most common food sources of Omega-3s are fish like mackerel and salmon, krill, algae and some plant and nut oils. Omega-3 derived from fish oils are not often featured in topical facial creams due to their undesirable fishy small and the presence of impurities, such as mercury, but facial creams are currently being developed with omega-3 from plants and algae.

If this isn’t enough inspiration for you to incorporate Omega-3 into your diet, just look at Jenni Anni’s face. Tell us how you get your Omega-3s. We love to hear it.

Foods To Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Did you eat all your carrots as a child in the belief that, in doing so, you were bound to achieve some sort of 20/10 X-ray vision which would prevent you from ever wearing glasses? Well, that’s probably what mom wanted you to think, and may have thought so herself.

The myth about carrots improving vision began during WWII when the British did not want the Germans to find out about the new technology they had developed and created an explanation for the increase in downed German bombers. They invented a story about a Flight Lieutenant John Cunningham, a.k.a. “Cat’s Eyes,” whose night vision was so acute that he could spot enemies in the dark. The British attributed his ability to the love of carrots.

But before you call your mom to voice your complaints, keep in mind that, besides being extremely valuable to our health, carrots do offer some ophthalmological benefits. Beta Carotene may help reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts, although studies show that it would be difficult for the average person to consume enough carrots in his or her lifetime to obtain the level of intake required to do so. Research shows that Popeye rather than Bugs Bunny was really on to something when it came to healthy vision. Here are some of the foods that keep your eyes healthy.

leafy green veggies

1. Leafy Green Veggies
Dark leafy green contain the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, with spinach and kale taking the prize for richest in lutein, and Swiss chard, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and collard greens coming in a close second.

Carotenoids are also linked with lowering the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. Julie Mares, professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine reports, “By age 75, half of us will either have a visually significant cataract or already had one extracted….There’s strong, compelling evidence for a potential protective effect of these carotenoids…They’re nutritional powerhouses…..They’ve got gobs of antioxidants.”

2. Orange Peppers
A 1998 study in the British Journal of Ophthalmology revealed that orange pepper had the highest level of the 33 vegetable and fruits tested. Your body does not produce zeaxanthin on its own, so start eating those peppers!

egg yolks

3. Pastured Organic Egg Yolks
When it comes to those carotenoids, egg yolk may not have as much as veggies, but because the yolks contain protein and healthy fat, they are ideal for absorption. Research finds that adding two eggs to your salad will increase your absorption of lutein and zeaxanthin by 900%.

4. Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon
Omega-3 fat DHA is concentrated in the retina of the eye and gives cell membranes structural support. It protects the function of the retina and improves eye health, which may be a leading factor in the slowing of macular degeneration. It was found that, in a study conducted over a 12-year period, people who consumed the highest amounts of omega-3 fats were the least likely to develop advanced forms of the disease.

5. Astaxanthin
Although astaxanthin is found in wild caught Alaskan salmon, it may be difficult to eat enough of this antioxidant to receive optimal results, and, if eye health is a concern for you, you will want to receive optimal results. Evidence shows that astaxanthin is among the most effective nutrients for preventing blindness and is more powerful as an antioxidant than zeaxanthin and lutein. Dr. Mark Tso of the Wilmer Eye Institute at John Hopkins University says that astaxanthin can easily cross into the eye tissues and works safely and more potently than any other carotenoid without adverse effects. Dr. Joseph Mercola, MD advises taking a supplement beginning with 4mgs per day and increasing it as necessary.