Alternative Prevention and Treatment
We live in a fast-paced, high-stress world that takes a toll on our body’s defenses. Our immune system is like a bank that offers two accounts: a short-term account for immediate withdrawals, and a long-term account for a rainy day. The short-term account is for day to day stress management; it gets quickly depleted, but it can also be restored. The long-term account, however, is what we draw upon when the short-term account is empty. It can’t be as easily restored. Our best strategy, therefore, is to keep replenishing our short-term account. How can we do that?
Today there is an abundance of research on the ways that stress “rusts” (or oxidizes) our essential life systems such as cardiovascular, neurological, and glandular functions. The “oxidants” that cause the rust can be combated by eating foods rich in antioxidants and by taking organic supplements.
Antioxidants come from animal, mineral and botanical sources. Animal cells manufacture the important enzymes Co Q-10, glutathione and super-oxide dismutase. These act by fighting free radicals (oxidants) and catalyzing chemical reactions that stabilize the free radicals. (Note: Our body also makes these substances, but acute imbalance or disease states require greater amounts for combating disease-causing agents.) Mineral antioxidant sources include zinc, copper and selenium. These must be carefully balanced since overdosage of any one mineral may be harmful. Botanical sources make up the vast majority of chemical defenses against free radicals. Vitamins A, C and E are especially useful. Vitamin A works by quenching free radicals. Vitamin C offers up free electrons to the molecules that crave them. Vitamin E prevents oxidation by breaking the free radical chain reaction.
Thousands more botanical antioxidants are called phytonutrients and fall into three categories;
- Flavonoids, a group that currently includes more than 4,000 chemicals, are all-purpose scavengers because they find free radicals and then neutralize them by donating electrons. Quercitin, found in vegetables, dark chocolate and fruit skins, is especially active in this function. A large subcategory is polyphenols and phenolic compounds found in grapes, blueberries, pomegranates, cherries, raspberries, cranberries, grains and black and green tea. Resveratrol occurs in minute quantities in red wine.
- Lignans come from seeds, like flax and sunflower.
- Carotenoids are found in tomatoes, carrots, watermelon and spinach. The two main antioxidants are lycopene and lutein.
A prostate-specific reason to use antioxidant supplements comes from the 2007 American Society of Clinical Oncology presentation of pathologist Dr. De Marzo (Johns Hopkins) and Dr. Nakai (Osaka University, Japan) entitled Inflammation and Prostate Carcinogenesis. PIN (prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia or abnormal cells that are not yet cancerous) seems to be a precursor for invasive prostate cancer and is detected only by biopsy. The standard medical treatment for this condition is to watch and wait. Antioxidant treatments block inflammatory LOX (lipoxygenase) enzymes and may help prevent PIN from progressing to aggressive cancer. The relationship between antioxidant pathways and highly aggressive “interval cancers” is undergoing intensive study at this time. The use of combinations of Co-enzyme Q-10 and resveratrol containing antioxidants to control cancer and inflammation is published in Dermatologic Ultrasound (Springer New York 2013) and Image Guided Prostate Cancer Treatments (Springer New York 2013).
Dr. Bard’s Pro Rose Plus
Pro Rose Plus has a special advantage over other antioxidant formulations. It is readily absorbed by the body because it is not a pill, but rather easy-to-take drops. Its key ingredient is derived from Organic Damask Rose Petals. The particular rose species Rosa gallica is gaining renewed respect in our contemporary world. The high concentrations of anthocyanins in the petals are known for their ability to strengthen the vascular system, prevent blood platelet stickiness (blood clots) and also have powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activity.
Research has shown that an extract from Rosa gallica strikingly increases the effectiveness of several antibiotics against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Two active compounds from the extract have been identified as tellimagrandin I and rugosin B. Other studies have demonstrated strong activity of Rosa gallica extract against strains of Candida albicans isolated from overtreatment with antibiotics. Additionally, the effect of an anthocyanin preparation isolated from the flower petals of Rosa gallica demonstrated strong effects of Rosa extracts against abnormal cells. A five year research study by Dr. Bard’s Biofoundation For Angiogenesis Research And Development preceded the development of the chemical constituents of the Pro Rose Plus formulation. Scientific evaluation has shown the antioxidant effect to be ten times more powerful than green tea preparations and resveratrol formulations.
Use of oral antioxidants such as Pro Rose Plus have been observed to promote collagen regeneration, visible with high resolution sonograms and special laser exams called optical coherent tomography (OCT). Likewise, improved blood flow to hair follicles has been demonstrated with vascular imaging technologies. The 2012 World Antiaging Conference and the 2013 World Liposurgery Conference showed poor dermal penetration of creams but good tissue regeneration with internal absorption of orally taken antioxidants.