September 13, 2012

Anti-aging “miracle” foods.

Enzymes and nucleotides are two key dietary elements that are imperative to slowing down the aging process.

When it comes to enzymes, no matter what you decide to eat or how you organize your diet, eating foods as close to their natural state as possible ignites a tremendous energy exchange between your food and your body. Buoyant, radiant health is the result!

Because raw foods are not cooked, grilled, steamed, or exposed to high temperatures, they are loaded with enzymes which have been credited to increase energy levels, improve digestive function, clear the skin, and boost immune system function.

Enzyme Magic
I like to think of enzymes as living sparkplugs, vital catalysts that fire up our life force, because without the thousands of enzymes working within our system, none of the biochemical processes on which our lives depend could occur. Found in every one of our cells, enzymes are what make it possible for all of our vitamins, minerals, and hormones to work in our bodies.

Decreased enzyme activity has been correlated with major fatigue—and weight gain. Besides keeping us slim and trim, enzymes also help keep us young. In fact, Nobel Prize-winning chemist James Sumner, MD, claimed way back in 1946 that the “middle-aged feeling” of sluggishness and creeping age was the result of our bodies’ reduced enzyme levels. Research has since linked decreased enzyme activity with chronic conditions like skin disease, allergies, diabetes and cancer. If lower enzyme levels are associated with aging, adding enzymes to your diet will put a sparkle in your eye and add a glow to your skin! And because enzymes rev up your system to work so efficiently, they support liver detox and contribute to weight loss.

One way to replenish enzymes is by consuming fresh, pressed juices and/or eating raw sprouts.  Enzymes simply don’t survive the ordinary cooking process—they begin to lose their activity at 118 degrees Fahrenheit!

For the majority of us, the best source of ready-made enzymes is found in organic sprouts from nuts, seeds, and grains. Practically any nut, seed and grain can be sprouted like almonds, chia seeds, and even lentils, millet, and radish seeds. There are many sprouting guides on the Internet.  Simply look for organic, non-GMO seeds.

Sprouts are rich in phytochemicals—plant-based nutrients so crucial to liver detox, cancer prevention, immunity, and defense against aging.

Nucleotide News
Abundantly found in sardines and yeast flakes, nucleotides are the building blocks for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA). DNA is the substance that contains the secret of life itself, whereas RNA is the messenger that carries these secrets to every single one of our cells.  DNA and RNA are both nucleic acids found in the nuclei of every living cell.  They are credited with helping our bodies repair themselves, creating new tissue, maintaining a strong immune system, and conducting many other important functions. That’s probably why they’re so highly concentrated in breast milk—and why they are now routinely added to infant formula. But we adults need them, too!

Here’s just a short list of what they do for us:

  • Help neutralize toxins
  • Strengthen our immune system
  • Enhance the effects of antioxidants
  • Increase our ability to heal
  • Rev up cellular metabolism and production of cellular energy
  • Keep our skin supple and moist
  • Help restore hair growth and reverse the graying process


As you can see, nucleotides as well as raw foods are not only crucial for detox, but also for reversing the aging process.

For many of us raw foods are a lot easier to come by than palatable foods rich in nucleotides—unless you are crazy about sardines and yeast flakes.

I’ve discovered a clean and pure nucleotides-rich food from a very unique source—a form of blue-green algae officially known as Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) harvested from Upper Klamath Lake in southern Oregon, the only place in the world where large quantities of algae are available in the wild. Mindful of reports that algae often harbors lethal doses of mercury, I reviewed product assays and made sure that no mercury was detected.

I have been recommending E3Live for nearly seven years.  I am happy to recommend it as a safe, organic food with no additives or pesticides, but with more than 64 vitamins and naturally chelated minerals that are 97% bioavailable to the body.

These algae are also an exceptional source of omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids (antioxidants), and purifying chlorophyll. They contain phenylethylamine (PEA), an ingredient known as the “molecule of love,” a potent mood-enhancer that combats depression, improves mental focus, and boosts energy.

E3Live also contains phycocyanin, which makes the algae blue and is a powerful anti-inflammatory element. But this product’s most unusual claim to fame is the polysaccharide it contains that stimulates the migration of “natural killer cells,” those elements of your immune system that help kill off cancer and cells infected with viruses.

Featured in Allure, InStyle and People StyleWatch, E3Live is shipped frozen to preserve shelf life. For vegetarians or vegans looking for a primary protein source, take 2 tablespoons a day or more. If you’re just looking for a living source of nucleotides, I recommend 1 or 1½ teaspoons a day.

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Barbara Bird

    Dear ALG:

    Thanks for this interesting piece.

    I would like to take this opportunity to point
    out a grammatical error that, if I am not mistaken, I
    have noticed in your writings before: by definition,
    to be VERY unique is an impossibility. Granted, it
    has become more and more commonly used, but
    that does not make it correct.

    I hope this constructive criticism is taken in the
    spirit in which it is intended, i.e., that you are not
    offended by it. I thought you would want to know.

    Thanks for FAT FLUSH; it is amazing!

    Barbara Bird

  2. Michele

    Sounds like a wonderful product and would love to try it. Unfortunately you have to purchase 6 bottles at a time…which is $172! It’s hard to be healthy when health items are so expensive!


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