This Doc Wellness entry is featuring a little known substance called Calcium D-Glucarate (CDG).
CDG is a botanical extract found in products such as apples, oranges, grapefruits, brussels sprouts and broccoli. Scientists have noted that it appears to protect against cancers and other degenerative diseases in a manner different than the traditional antioxidants which include Vitamin C, folic acid, carotenoids and others.
One of the ways in which the body eliminates toxins and hormones such as estrogen is by attaching glucuronic acid to them in the liver and excreting this “mixture” via the bile. The process looking like this: Beta-glucuronidase is a bacterial enzyme that breaks the bond, the hormone or toxin that is released is available to be reabsorbed into the body instead of being excreted. An elevated beta-glucuronidase activity is associated with an increased risk for cancers and hormone released problems such as fibroids, prostate illnesses and breast related diseases.
By taking CDG, the activity of beta-glucuronidase is limited. The body becomes more efficient in ridding itself of the various toxins and excess hormones that might stimulate the growth of tumors or cancers. Studies involving animals have shown that CDG supplementation prevents the development of various cancers. In particular, since the growth of most breast cancers is stimulated by estrogen, researches at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and other major institutions began conducting research with CDG for the prevention and the treatment of breast cancer. Preliminary results have been very promising to say the least.
CDG is available in capsules and tablets and a recommended daily intake is between 200 and 400mg. Treatment dosages are 3-6 times higher. There are no known side effects but certain hormone-based drugs may adversely interact with CDG.
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