This ancient blood circulation herb is still ringing bells of sonorous sounds in many ears and brains. Last Thursday, it featured in this series as a star brain herb for moving blood and oxygen to the micro units of the brain, thereby waking them up, if they are sleeping or dying, improving memory, alertness, vigour and…. I used Ginkgo biloba as a food supplement ( I still do) in my work days as editor and never for a movement experience foggy or faded thought. Today, Gingko biloba is a star anti–aging, antioxidant prescription for the brain, going by several scientific studies worldwide. It is an indispensable food supplement, also, for people who are recovering from stroke or any other brain trauma.
And for many of us who rely almost exclusively on the cell phone for telephone communication, Gingko should be a feature of the daily diet. I got this impression some years ago when I watched a documentary on what the cell phone may be doing to the brain. It is said to be powered on the energy frequency on which the microwave oven functions.
That means that any time we hold a cell phone close to the ear during a telephone conversation its energy actually “cooks” the brain as the microwave oven cooks food.
Microwave cooking damages or at best alters the molecular structure of food. It is the structure of the food molecule which performs such functions in the human cell which corresponds with the structure of the molecule.
Thus, an altered molecular structure will produce nothing other than an altered molecular functions. And an altered molecular function means an aberrant or deviant or abnormal cell. Is this why critics of the cell phone believe it can predispose its users to cancer? Is this why cases of brain tumour are growing? The Russians may know what the rest of the world doesn’t know or are pretending not to know. They do not eat microwave food. I too, do not. In the said documentary, the colour of the parts of brain irradiated, so to say, by cell phone “Microwaving” change for some time. It normalises after a while, perhaps after the cells fight back to repair the damage. Inflicted upon them by this seemingly indispensable modern technology.
It is possible the cells mobilize all the antioxidants at their disposal to fight off free radicals unlashed upon them by the cell phone. That process is called ionization . The complex cell is being reduced to its component parts. It is a feature of electro pollution in our modern age. Every cell in the human body produces, electricity of a particular frequency. Electricity of a higher frequency can break down the cell and its electric energy. That’s why people get electrocuted when they are exposed to high voltage electric current.
How many men wonder what may be happening to their brains. ‘During a haircut, when the barber runs an electric clipper over their heads? Is brain cell frequency “jammed” by the frequency of electricity in the clipper’s electric motor coil? What protection have they in the brains or from dietary supplements such as Gingko biloba? As president, Gen Mohammodu Buhari (rtd) will make and receive many cell phone calls every day. Gingko biloba will surely help him. But so will also many other antioxidants.
adies and gentlemen, we are discussing how a president of Gen. Buhari’s age can cope with the pressure of office without slacking or slurring in the job or suffering a health break–down. Remember the age, 70 something, was an election campaign subject for the government party, the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) which did not expect him to survive rigours of the campaigns in opposition, I expect the PDP to continue to hammer this subject. Already, its members are making a mountain of post election statement by Gen. Buhari that he should not be expected to perform miracles. A President Buhari can knock the bottom out of this drive.
Happily, as shown last Thursday, anti–aging researchers have found that we age rapidly and suffer health deteriation largely because we do not have enough antioxidants to overcome free radicals which we ingest from food, air and water, which our immune system unleashes on germs and which they, too, unleash on the immune system, and from the waste products of our body’s metabolic processes.
Thinking about this war of antioxidants and free radicals going on within us, which we hardly know about until we are down from free radicals fire power. I remembered an interesting book, The wonderful world within, written by Dr Roger Williams, whose research led to the discovery of some vitamins, including, I think, pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5). Later, I may return to this vitamin for the benefit of people who are mangled by stress.
Now, I wish to think about the question which one of the readers of the column asked after reading last week about how free radicals make us age and die prematurely and about how a rich store of antioxidants can extend our lifespan, as they have extended those of some experimental animals about five times or more, and make us disease and pain free even at close to double the present span of earth – life.
The question was if mother nature is wise and perfect and kind, why didn’t she not equip our bodies naturally to fight free radicals for as long as she expects us to live?
I asked this question in the 1980s when all the doctors I sought help from for my grandmother’s breast cancer said there was no cure for cancer. I just couldn’t believe that the good Lord would have permitted the human body to come into being without adequate safeguards of its health being provided prior to that great event which, from many creation stories, was actually the last event in the creation process. I was to learn while searching for the grains of truth of life for the care of the healthy human body that neither drugs nor injections but the right kinds of foods and drinks bring lasting health. “These right kinds of foods and drinks” are the natural edibles mother nature provides for the replenishment, always, of natural antioxidant complexes she factored into our bodies. Thus, each one of us was endowed from birth with three major, if not more, antioxidant complexes and must maintain them in high store if we are ever to win the battle with free radicals. Another lesson for me in this scenario is that we cannot avoid exposure to free radicals. We can only minimize the exposure and maximize our antioxidant response to them. For free radicals are like criminals and antioxidants like policemen who must hold them in check. In which society are there no criminals and policemen?
As usual, we will listen to our two best–seller author friends, whose books I again recommend for the health section of your library. They are Judy Limberg Mcfarland, author of ‘Aging without growing old’, and Jean Carper’s ‘Stop aging now’. Before they take the floor I will like to say that three of SOD natural antioxidant complexes found in every cell of the body are:
- Super oxide Dismutase
Glutathione: This antioxidant produced by the body, Judy Limberg Mcfarland says: “Glutathione” is manufactured in the liver by three naturally ocuring amino acids. Cysterine, Glutamic Acid, and Leucine. Glutathione is a power house of antioxidants. A lack of it in the cells is considered by some researchers to be the foremost cause of premature aging. It protects every cell, tissue, and organ in the body. In one study, those with 20 per cent higher blood levels of Glutathione had only one–third the rate of arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, circulatory symptoms, diabetes, stomach symptoms, and urinary tract infections (UTIs) when compared to those with lower Glutathione levels.”
Dr Mara Julius, the author of this finding at the University of Michigan, said even in every old age, people with the highest levels of Glutathione bounce back from diseases and accidents, the same way much younger people do. They are just more vigorous. In a section in the “Anti–aging: Benefits of Glutathione”, Judy Mcfarland quotes researcher Jean Carper as reporting that Glutathione offers the following health benefits:
- Protects from cancer
- Rejuvenates immunity
- Blocks damage to the cells by breaking down from free radicals
- Rejuvenates old and weak immune system
- Prevents lung injury from free radicals fights against the free radicals produced by rancid fats
- Keep blood cholesterol from oxidizing and becoming toxic
- Cures some form of type II diabetes
- Helps prevent macular degeneration and
- Maintains healthy immune function
Glutamic acid, Glycine and cysteine, components of Glutathione, are amino acids. Some researchers argue that Glutathione blood levels are not boosted by Glutathione food supplement as it is boosted by the consumption of Glycine, Glutamic acid and cysteine. For this reason, they suggest these three amino acids be consumed from diets rich in them or from amino acids food supplements which contain them. In the light of this, and given the fact that amino acids make up the proteins in our bodies, the health food industry has striven to provide us with amino acids in forms we can easily absorb them without the need to obtain. The get them from meat, fish or other flesh sources which leave lots of toxic and free radical waste in the body. One of the provisions is known as FREE FORM AMINO ACIDS. They come in softgels or sauce past. There are also plant sources, of which SPIRULINA is a prime asset. This blue–green algae was discovered by Europeans in the lake chad region. European researchers were surprised that inhabitants of this region aged gracefully, had a long life span and were not disposed to many of the diseases of modern life. They ate little of beef and egg. Their staple was SPIRULINA. Now, Spirulina has been found to have one of the richest plant sources of Beta carotene, an antioxidant, and it has all 23 amino acids (including Glycine, Glutamic acid and Cystane) in an easily digested and absorbable form. On Glutathione, Jean Carper says: Glutathione is made up of three amino acids and is produced in all cells of the body. Its main purpose is to break down and dispose of potentially dangerous toxics that invade your body. It is an antioxidant that cleanses fatty foods of free radicals hazards in the digestive tract and protect cells everywhere against free radical harm. Because Glutathione is a natural substance, it is also found in certain foods. Additionally, Glutathione has been synthesized and made into supplements. Therefore you can combat aging both by eating Glutathione in food and by taking it as a supplement. Further, you can up your bloods levels of Glutathione by ingesting certain vitamins and other compounds that are building blocks the body uses to synthesis Glutathione. If you have low Glutathione, one, you are one third more likely to have chronic diseases a sense of poor health, decreased functions and early death.
Two, fully 77 per cent hospitalised with chronic diseases had a low Glutathione defiency. In one study, taking fat boosts your need for Glutathione, thus the more that you eat, the greater your expected defiency of Glutathione. A drop in Glutathione as we age allows free radical activities to heat up unchecked, causing a gradual decay of immune functioning. Yet, by replenishing Glutathione, you can abort and reverse this inheritability. When tufts researchers, Dr Simin Meydani added Glutathione to the white blood cells of elderly people, immune activity revived up nearly equally that of cells of much younger people. Specifically, Glutathione boosts the ability of cells to divide, enabling them to mount stronger attacks on the foreign invaders. How utterly devastating shortages of Glutathione can be to cells was dramatically illustrated by experiments at Stanford University School of Medicine. When deprived of their normal Glutathione, T. cells (the warriors of the immune system) of healthy individuals became so disturbed, they could no longer appropriately respond to signals to wage war on microbes: the famished cells eventually became so confused that they actually killed themselves, a phenomenon researchers call programmed cell death.
Glutathione has such a powerful effect that, in test tubes it stops the replication or spread of the AIDS virus by about 90 per cent. AIDS patients are typically low in Glutathione thus, the antioxidants is being tested on HIV patients to see if it can partially restore immune functioning. Glutathione is the Rambo that rushes in to safe your cells by neutralising and breaking down free radicals. So they are harmlessly flushed out of the body. It can deactivate at least 30 cancer–causing substances, according to Dean Jones, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry at Emory University School of Medicine. Glutathione even acts as a prophylactic against the formation of free radicals by destroying peroxides that are parents to free radicals. Glutathione formidable powers, as a free radicals terminator may help explain why eating fruits and vegetables, naturally high in Glutathione, is so often tied to lower rates of cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases. In a resent study, people who are the most Glutathione rich raw fruits and vegetables were only half as likely to develop oral cancer as those eating the least. Jean Carper says, also, that “sufferers of some Type II diabetes can be helped by Glutathione. Especially spectacular, Glutathione can help save you from the harmful consequences of eating rancid, dangerous fats” she says. “Glutathione actually detoxifies or cleanses food of oxidized or rancid fats in your intestinal tract preventing it from detonating into showers of free radicals to attack your cells.
In a striking study by, Yee Aw Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physiology at the Louisiana State University Medicals Center, put oxidized fats into animals intestinal tract. When she added Glutathione the amount of free radicals that were metabolised and released from intestinal cells into the blood, strain fell dramatically.
The moment rancid fats enters the cells, explains Dr Aw, Glutathione destroys it. If there is enough Glutathione to destroy all the rancid fats that enters, none is left to go back out to circulate through the blood. But if your cells in the G.I tract have so little Glutathione, and you eat too much rancid fats, or both, the defense collapses, releasing harzardous oxidized fats to circulate throughout your body, promoting all the torment of aging. “In an exciting breakthrough researchers at Duke University Medical Centre actually cured Type II (adult onset) diabetes in animals by boosting Gluthathione levels. In the experiment, diabetes – prone mice on high fat diets developed diabetes. The reason, explains Biochemist Dike Opara, when mice burned the gobs of dietary fats, high amounts of oxygen free radicals were generated. These radicals interfered with or shut off the body’s ability to metabolise sugar. This led to an overload of sugar in the blood causing the diabetes. Increasely, the diabetes disappeared when the mice were fed glutamine, a natural amino acid that caused levels of gluthathione to skyrocket. The gluthathione then mopped up the destructive free radicals so they no longer hindered sugar metabolism.