A novel type of protein promises new food bars and protein drinks that could help fight cancer and aging by preventing a particular form of genetic damage. These new foods are unique in that they will be measurably less radioactive than comparable ordinary foods, but otherwise are similar nutritionally.
Most people are unaware that every type of food we currently eat is measurably contaminated with a particular radioactive material from the air known as carbon-14, or radiocarbon. These radioactive atoms get permanently incorporated into the DNA of every child's body and brain cells as they grow up, and will cause tens of billions of genetic damage events in every person over their lifetime. Of special concern are the hundreds of millions of brain cells that are genetically damaged in the average person from radiocarbon. This genetic damage may be an important factor in cancer and the aging process.
These new low-radiocarbon food items contain protein and DNA building blocks made using innovative processes that can reduce the amount of radioactive carbon by up to 99%. No current food products can claim this advantage.
It should be noted that these low-radiocarbon foods will primarily benefit growing children who are building new cells and DNA. Brain cells in particular are permanently formed in early childhood, so that is the only stage of life in which low-radiocarbon nutrition can help prevent the permanent buildup of radiocarbon. Low-radiocarbon nutritional products would also be recommended for pregnant and nursing mothers, not for the mothers themselves, but for their children who receive their nutrition indirectly through the mother.
Depending on factors such as the child's age and what other foods are consumed, eating a single food bar or drinking a single protein shake could block genetic damage from radiocarbon to as many as 50,000 brain cells over the child's life. A pregnant or nursing mother could likewise protect up to 15,000 of her child's brain cells from this radioactive damage with a single low-radiocarbon food bar or protein drink.
High-protein drinks, food bars and baby foods are expected to be the first major low-radiocarbon nutritional products. Low-radiocarbon protein and DNA can also be used to make tofu-like meat substitutes. These products are expected to have special appeal to health-conscious mothers of young children, and to consumers who value antioxidants for preventing cell damage.
Dr. Chris Williams, a biochemist with Radiocarb Genetics, Inc., has published a paper in the international journal Environmental Chemistry Letters which further explains the interaction between radiocarbon, food, cancer and aging. The complete article is available online at dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10311-007-0100-7, or at the company's website at www.radiocarb.com.
Radiocarb Genetics, Inc. is developing a variety of affordable low-radiocarbon foods under the trademarks of "Low-Radiocarb(TM)", "BrainGuard(TM)", and "LifeBlocks(TM)" using patented and patent-pending processes that can reduce radiocarbon levels by up to 99%. Children raised on these low-radiocarbon foods will suffer less genetic damage during their lives, which may reduce their risk of cancer and help them live longer, healthier lives.