DNA: Protecting our DNA Naturally


Holistic Healthy Living Blog

by Dr. Rachelle Tetreault, DAOM, L,Ac


Protecting our DNA by simply adding spices and a variety of phytonutrients to our diet allows us to not only age slower but for our mind and body to operate more efficiently. Micronutrients found in certain tabletop spices and also a variety of fruits and vegetables are involved in every single biochemical or cellular process of our body. Low levels of these precious micronutrients make us become more prone to age-associated deficiencies and decline in both physical and cognitive skills.

Also, the lack of protecting our DNA inhibits our defense against free radicals which leads to the formation of DNA lesions. This puts us at risk for cancer and cardiovascular disease. Recent studies reconfirm that certain vitamins like Vitamin C, E, zinc, and selenium play a huge role in preventing premature ageing. However, real food sources are the way to go rather than supplements.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that a healthy diet include not only fruits and vegetables but also whole grains, chickpeas, lentils, legumes, and nuts. It is strongly urged to limit meat, dairy, and withhold sugar, excess salt, and both saturated and trans fats.

Certain spices like cloves, nutmeg, etc. added to daily foods greatly increases our antioxidants in our diets. This simple act alone can help substantially protect our DNA from many free radicals occurring in the environment. Green teas, black currants, and lemon verbena helps protect against exercise-induced oxidative stress and may easily be added to a daily regimen by having a simple tea with these ingredients.

Simple foods to help combat DNA deterioration and keep us younger longer include tomato paste, green leafy vegetables like spinach, mixed nuts (especially walnuts), watercress, and carrot juice. Adding spices to our foods actually equate to 10 times the number of antioxidants as nuts or seeds. These concentrated granulated and powder spices pack a punch that is hard to get from other sources without consuming a large amount of food.

Phytonutrients which are found in certain plants help prevent various diseases and provide many benefits to overall health. Phytonutrients, specifically found in pomegranates and sesame seeds have shown to aid in preventing certain cancers. Synergistic effects of combining phytonutrients from various sources have shown to greatly increase the magnitude for overall health. Studies show that multiple sources of key nutrients even in smaller amounts compared to a single large amount of one phytonutrient not only decreases inflammation but also increases cognitive skills substantially. This ‘food combining’ of phytonutrients also showed to be the case with preventing cancer cells as well.

Preserving our DNA longer can simply start with not only adding a variety of spices but also specifically berries and leafy greens. These tend to have the greatest effect in decreasing mortality overall as far as foods go. Blackberries have the highest antioxidant properties even over blueberries. However, many studies are associated with daily blueberry consumption for improving cognition in both children and adults.

Other lifestyle DNA protectors are having a good sleep pattern. The most restorative sleep is between 11p and 1am when the energy of the liver is at its prime. Regular exercise and stretching with deep breathing further optimizes oxygenated blood throughout and maximizes lymphatic movement. Having a positive outlook on life by living a life of gratitude greatly reduces inflammatory markers which makes a huge impact in how our body reacts to stress. Stress has also been shown to create stagnation in our body which impairs the delivery of nutrients throughout. Avoid aluminum exposure by avoiding antacids, aluminum foil, and certain foods.

Skin health is summed up by proper hydration, good quality sleep, and avoiding too much sun exposure. One single tablespoon of cocoa daily can improve elasticity of skin and reduce deep wrinkles. Cocoa is a major antioxidant for the skin based off of a comparison study with other nutrients.

Having a healthy balance with rest, work, and play with proper nutrition and added high antioxidants found in a variety of super foods and spices not only helps to preserve our DNA but give us better quality lives. The saying that variety is the spice of life is also true in that a variety of spices will prolong and enrich one’s life. This is based off the latest research in phytonutrients and micronutrients in the preservation of our vital DNA cells to prevent disease and premature ageing. Call today for your assessment. Eastern medicine has been using food therapy, herbals, and acupoints for multiple centuries to enhance longevity and promote general wellness both physically and mentally. 772-353-1397