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Signs of Toxic Times
137 toxic substances found in Canadian newborn umbilical cord blood.
It is estimated that well over 84,000 chemicals are in use in North America. Environmental toxins cause free radical production that damages our cells, leading to illness and disease. Evidence has been reported that there are even up to 137 toxic substances found in the umbilical cord blood of Canadian newborns. Our increasingly polluted environment and food are putting our health at risk.
Reducing Harmful Chemical Damage
Sulforaphane, from broccoli, induces phase II enzymes to help eliminate some harmful chemicals that damage our DNA. Sulforaphane extracts of 3-day old broccoli sprouts have up to 100 times higher concentrations of glucoraphanin (sulforaphane glucosinolate) than mature plants. They are the most potent and naturally occurring inducers of phase ll enzymes (such as quinone reductase, glutathione S-transferase and glutathione reductase) to help protect cells from oxidative stress, electrophiles (chemicals that can damage DNA), UVA & UVB inflammation and radiation.
Sulforaphane is an NRF2 protective protein activator that enables detoxification, promotes cellular integrity, and has even been shown to repair DNA damage from ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species), chemicals, viruses, and radiation. It has anti-inflammatory properties, supports the immune system, has anti-aging benefits and has also been shown as a chemoprotective agent.
Kale, Broccoli and Broccoli Sprouts
Sulforaphane can come from a variety of cruciferous vegetables including kale, brussels sprouts and cabbage. Although, highest levels are found in broccoli, specifically broccoli seeds and 3-day old sprouts. It functions very differently than traditional antioxidants, such as vitamins A, C, and E, that neutralize one free radical at a time and are then used up. Sulforaphane stimulates a continuous and long-lasting chain of antioxidant reactions in the body, up to 72 hours after the sulforaphane is no longer present. It is therefore considered an indirect antioxidant.
Sammy Oh, AMP, DNM, CBS practices at Health Monitoring in Surrey, BC. Visit: www.healthmonitoring.ca
PRE-POLLUTED: A report on the toxic substances in the umbilical cord blood of Canadian newborns. June 2013, Environmental Defence, Canada www.environmentaldefence.ca.
Broccoli Sprouts: An exceptionally rich source of inducers of enzymes that protect against chemical carcinogens. September 1997, The National Academy of Sciences, USA www.pnas.org.