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Background Information on Cell Health

The human cell

The cell is the structural and functional unit of all living organisms, and is sometimes referred to as the "building blocks of life." Some organisms, such as bacteria, are unicellular, consisting of a single cell. Other organisms, such as humans, are multicellular and contain an estimated 100 trillion cells.

Each cell is at least somewhat self-contained and self-maintaining: it can take in nutrients, convert these nutrients into energy, carry out specialized functions, and reproduce as necessary.

Cellular health and overall health

A human body is made up of specific tissues, organs, and systems from many types' human cells. Different as they may be, these different human cells all require the same essential nutrients, such as amino acids (from proteins), essential fatty acids (from fats), glucose (from carbohydrates), Minerals, Vitamins, trace elements, and antioxidants (to protect the cells) to live and function properly.

Good and poor health is determined at the most fundamental level, the cells that make up our human body.

Keys to cell health

When chronic deficiency of essential nutrients lead to cellular dysfunctions, a decline in overall health occurs. Replenishing these cells with the essential nutrients supports bioenergy production and leads to optimal cell health.

A healthy diet that contains all the essential nutrients human cells need is indispensable to cellular health. But the nutrients in a diet must be broken down into forms that can be delivered to and utilized by these human cells. Otherwise, a nutritious diet has no effect in maintaining and promoting good health. This is even more critical as we get older.

Traditional Chinese Medicine places our body's ability to properly digest and absorb the nutrients in the food we eat as the key to maintaining and supporting good health and avoiding sickness. This is accomplished by improving and enhancing the "Qi" and "Xue"

See Delivering Nutrients and Oxygen to the Cells for detail.

Free radicals

A free radical is a highly reactive atom, molecule or molecular fragment with a free or unpaired electron. Free radicals are produced in many different ways such as, normal metabolic processes, ultraviolet radiation from the sun, nuclear radiation and the breakdown in the body of spoiled fats.

Free radical damage within cells has been linked to a range of disorders. This involvement is not at all surprising as free radical chemistry is an important aspect of phagocytosis, inflammation, and apoptosis.

More recently, the relationship between disease and free radicals has led to the formulation of a greater generalization about the relationship between aging and free radicals. In its strong form, the hypothesis states that aging is a free radical process. The weak hypothesis holds that the degenerative diseases associated with aging generally involve free radical processes and that, cumulatively, these make you age. See more on Free Radicals


Antioxidants

Antioxidants are chemicals that inhibit oxidation and can guard our body from the damaging effects of free radicals. Free radicals can destroy cells and play a role in many diseases.

Antioxidants are also called free radical scavengers. Vitamins A, C, E and some of the B vitamins, beta-carotene, selenium and some key enzymes in our body are all antioxidants. By intercepting the free radicals, antioxidants prevent them from damaging molecular structures such as the DNA in our cells.

In cells, the oxidising agents that cause this damage are called reactive oxygen species. In general, antioxidant systems either prevent these reactive species from being formed, or remove them before they can damage vital components of the cell.

Researchers have found a high correlation between oxidative damage and the occurrence of disease. For example, low density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation is associated with cardiovascular disease.

Research suggests that consumption of antioxidants reduce damage to cells and biochemicals from free radicals. This may slow down, prevent, or even reverse certain diseases that result from cellular damage, and perhaps even slow down the natural aging process. This is the basis for the free-radical theory of aging.

Some studies suggest that by destroying free radicals and reducing cellular damage, antioxidants can have positive health effects.

Antioxidant therapy

This theory implies that antioxidants prevent free radicals from oxidizing sensitive biological molecules, or reduce the formation of free radicals ?will slow the aging process and prevent disease.

The antioxidant chemicals found in many natural food products are frequently cited as the basis of claims for the benefits of a high intake of vegetables and fruits in the diet. In particular, antioxidant therapy forms the basis of many basic pharmacological interventions and particularly orthomolecular medicine.

A particularly interesting development, the dynamic flow model, is a hypothesis originating with the suggestion by Dr. Robert Cathcart that massive intakes of ascorbate can quench disease processes

Delivering nutrients and oxygen to the cells

Invigorating circulation (aka "vital energy", "Qi") in the human body is the key to good health and longevity in Traditional Chinese Medicinal practice. This is done by moving more freshly oxygenated blood ("Xue") to every cell in human body at a greater volume and velocity.

Many plants in China have been used for thousands of years to support and invigorate "Qi" and "Xue". Few specific plants have been identified as having significant effects at invigorating "Qi" and "Xue". Cell Invigorating ComplexTM promotes "Qi" and "Xue" functions to deliver the nutrients to all the cells in our body so they are properly nourished. In the context of modern science, this can be roughly equated to enhanced digestion and microcirculation that delivers greater volume of oxygen and nutrients to all cells in human body.


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