You may have heard that 'going organic' is a healthy
choice for the farmers, the environment, and your
own health. But do you really understand why it's
such a positive choice? This article explores the benefits of
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Plant based foods are well known for their vitality-providing
properties as a result of being high in vitamins, minerals
and other nutrients. A vitamin and mineral supplement
might contain twenty different vitamins and minerals, any
of which could be synthetically derived.
Synthetic or natural, a supplement cannot replicate the
life giving properties of foods that are found in nature. A
head of broccoli, or a single apple can contain not twenty,
but hundreds of nutrients that all have their own magical way
of interacting and providing nourishment for our bodies.
Phytonutrients comprise a large range of important
substances that help protect plants from threats such
as germs, bugs and fungi, and many have been shown
to have a beneficial effect on human health. Some of the
more commonly known phytonutrient groups include
carotenoids, flavonoids, and polyphenols.
According to Web MD,1 more than 25,000 phytonutrients
are found in fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts and tea,
again reiterating the point that it is unlikely that we can
replicate this complexity and interaction via a supplement
Salvestrols are a class of phytonutrients that are
emerging as having huge potential in the prevention and
treatment of cancer. This unique class of phytonutrients in
essence works by interacting with an enzyme found in cancer
cells and producing a toxin that causes death of that cancer
cell, whilst leaving non-cancerous cells unaffected.2
Numerous studies have linked diet and cancer and this
link becomes even more probable just by recognizing that
there is a higher incidence of cancer in the developed world
as opposed to the underdeveloped world.3
The WHO has initiatives in place to increase fruit and
vegetable consumption and physical activity levels with the
aim of reducing the incidence of cancer. Layering on this
with an added focus on organically grown produce would
likely have significant and far reaching benefits.
Professor Gerry Potter and his Salvestrols research
team analyzed thousands of fruit, vegetable and herb
samples. Through this, they discovered that Salvestrols
were present in very small amounts and often not at all in
produce found in the local supermarket while much of the
organic produce they tested had Salvestrols in abundance.4
Modern farming practices have had a huge impact on
the life-giving properties of the food we consume. When
we understand the links between soil health and the
subsequent health of our bodies, we begin to understand
the consequences of depletion of tiny but hugely important
compounds such as Salvestrols.
To reiterate, Salvestrols are part of the plants protection
mechanism from bugs and other pathogens. If a plant
is not subject to pathogens because chemicals (e.g.,
pesticides) are used to keep those pathogens away, then
the plants do not receive a signal to produce Salvestrols,5
thus reducing the nourishment that the plant provides for
our bodies. Studies that have found higher antioxidant
levels in imperfect produce (e.g. apples with scars)6,7 are
likely a result of the plants innate protection mechanisms
kicking into place as it works hard to fight back.
A diet abundant in organically grown fruit and vegetables
will help ensure a daily intake of Salvestrols to aid the body
in ridding itself of cancer cells as they arise. Those who
are already at risk or who are fighting active disease may
wish to explore supplementation of their organic diet with
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The information in this article is not intended to replace advice given by your primary care physician.
- Schaefer, Brian A. Linking Diet & Cancer: Salvestrols.Nature's defence against cancer. Clinical Intelligence Corp, 2012. page 36.
- Schaefer page 39.
- Schaefer page 40.