What Is Epigenetics?

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Epigenetics is a new frontier of scientific innovation. That makes it fascinating, exciting… and kind of hard to explain. Reliv is here to help!  The man who discovered what it was in soy that was so beneficial to health and gave it its name: Lunasin is the head scientist with Reliv International.  Lunasin: The first dietary ingredient identified to affect gene expression and promote optimal health at the epigenetic level.  Now available in concentrated form in LunaRich X.

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Think of your cells in computer terms. The DNA in your ge­nome is like hardware, the actual computer components that perform specific functions. Your epigenome is like software, the programs that tell the hardware which func­tions to perform.

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Soy’s health benefits are well-established. But only recently have scien­tists uncovered the nutritional component largely responsible. Studies now show the key is lunasin, a naturally occurring soy peptide.

Researchers at the University of California-Berkley first discovered luna­sin in 1996. Today 50+ peer-reviewed and published studies from 25+ research institutions demonstrate lunasin’s ability to improve your health, making it one of the most scientifically supported nutri­tional compounds available.

LunaRich X™ is the most pure, concentrated form of lunasin ever produced. You’d have to consume 25 grams of high-quality soy pro­tein to get the same amount of bioactive lunasin found in one 125 mg capsule of LunaRich X. And documented benefits prove that it supports:

  • Heart health
  • Cholesterol management
  • Inflammation reduction
  • Antioxidant benefits
  • Immune support
  • Overall cellular health
  • And the list keeps growing…

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Changes You Can Make

Eat Better

  • One of your best weapons against cardiovascular disease is a healthy diet. Eating a wide variety of foods that are low in fat, cholesterol and salt, but rich in nutrients can help protect your heart. Instead of thinking about a healthy diet in terms of what you can’t eat, think about it in terms of what you can eat. Add more: Fruits and vegetables— about 4 1/2 cups a day
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  • Whole grain foods — at least three 1-ounce servings a day.   Fish — at least two 3 1/2-ounce servings a week.  Nuts, legumes and see— at least four servings a week.

About 25 percent of the cholesterol in your blood comes from the foods you eat. Eating healthy foods low in cholesterol, trans fats and saturated fats, as well as foods that are high in fiber, can help keep cholesterol levels in check.

Another way to help control cholesterol levels is by incorporating soy protein into your healthy diet. An extensive body of research has shown that soy-based diets can reduce LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides, and raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).  One of the key components in soy’s cholesterol

Soy Peptide Lunasin Has Anti-Cancer, Anti-Inflammatory Properties

   Source: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaig                               


Two new studies report that lunasin, a soy peptide often discarded in the waste streams of soy-processing plants, may have important health benefits that include fighting leukemia and blocking the inflammation that accompanies such chronic health conditions as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.


Two new University of Illinois studies report that lunasin, a soy peptide often discarded in the waste streams of soy-processing plants, may have important health benefits that include fighting leukemia and blocking the inflammation that accompanies such chronic health conditions as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

“We confirmed lunasin’s bioavailability in the human body by doing a third study in which men consumed 50 grams of soy protein–one soy milk shake and a serving of soy chili daily–for five days. Significant levels of the peptide in the participants’ blood give us confidence that lunasin-rich soy foods can be important in providing these health benefits,” said Elvira de Mejia, a U of I professor of food science and human nutrition.

In the cancer study, de Mejia’s group identified a key sequence of amino acids–arginine, glycine, and aspartic acid, (the RGD motif)–that triggered the death of leukemia cells by activating a protein called caspase-3.

“Other scientists have noted the cancer-preventive effects of the RGD sequence of amino acids so it’s important to find proteins that have this sequence,” she said.

The scientists also verified lunasin‘s ability to inhibit topoisomerase 2, an enzyme that marks the development of cancer, and they were able to quantify the number of leukemia cells that were killed after treatment with lunasin in laboratory experiments.

In another study, the first to report lunasin’s potential anti-inflammatory activity, they showed that lunasin blocked or reduced the activation of an important marker called NF-kappa-B, a link in the chain of biochemical events that cause inflammation.

They also found statistically significant reductions in interleukin-1 and interleukin-6, both important players in the inflammatory process. The reduction in interleukin-6 was particularly strong, she said.

Although inflammation is linked in the public mind with chronic health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, de Mejia said it also plays a role in the development of cancer. “We know that chronic inflammation is associated with an increased risk of malignancies, that it’s a critical factor in tumor progression,” she said.

“And we can see that daily consumption of lunasin-rich soy protein may help to reduce chronic inflammation. Future studies should help us to make dietary recommendations,” she added.

Although the high cost of obtaining lunasin from soy waste limits its use for nutritional interventions, soy flour does contain high concentrations of the peptide, she said.

And de Mejia utilized the USDA soybean germplasm collection housed at the U of I, studying 144 soy genotypes to learn which varieties contain the most lunasin.

“Some genotypes contain very high concentrations of lunasin, others contain no lunasin, and some locations yield more lunasin-rich beans than others,” she said.

The leukemia study was published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. Wenyi Wang and Vermont Dia are co-authors. Lunasin’s anti-inflammatory effects were described in Food Chemistry. V. P. Dia, W. Wang, and V. L. Oh of the U of I and B. O. de Lumen of the University of California, Berkeley, were co-authors. Both studies were funded by the USDA Future Food Initiative.

The plasma and genotype studies appeared in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The environmental conditions study was published in the Journal of AOAC International.

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80 Percent Of Cholesterol Comes From The Liver

80 percent of cholesterol comes from the liver, so the most effective way to lower LDL(bad) cholesterol is to control the liver’s internal production. The lunasin peptide does so in two ways:

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  • Selectively disrupts a step in the production of an enzyme key to cholesterol synthesis in the liver


  • Increases the number of receptors available in liver cells to clear LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream

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Compared to statins, lunasin works at an earlier stage in the process than prescription statins by reducing the expression

of the HMG-CoA Reductase gene, according to Galvez. “Statin drugs work by blocking the HMG-CoA reductase enzyme after it has been produced when it’s on its way to carry out the endogenous cholesterol production cycle. Statin drugs can oftentimes be too efficient and block too much of the  HMG-CoA enzyme. As a result, serious side effects can occur.”


Problems With Statin Drugs


Dr. Chauncey Crandall, M.D., writes:

When they were developed a quarter century ago, statins were thought to have few side effects. But after millions of people began taking them, possible problems became apparent. They include:

• Liver damage. When statins were first approved, liver monitoring was required, but now the Food and Drug Administration requires liver tests before statin use and afterward only if symptoms appear.

• Memory loss. The FDA has received reports of memory loss, confusion, and other cognitive problems, but the agency maintains such symptoms are reversible. I’m not certain they are, so I don’t recommend statins for elderly patients.

• Diabetes. Statins can raise blood sugar; this increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Blood sugar levels must be monitored when taking a statin.

• Muscle damage. Statins can cause a type of progressive muscle wasting called rhabdomyolysis. This rare side effect can result in liver damage, kidney failure, and even death. Damage to the tendons has also been reported.

Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall is author of Dr. Crandall’s Heart Health Report newsletter. He is a Yale graduate and chief of the Cardiac Transplant Program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He practices interventional, vascular, and transplant cardiology.

Don’t Fight the Healing Process

In the course of following a nutritional program for allergies or other problems, many people experience uncomfortable symptoms. This is known as a healing reaction.

The most common symptom my clients report is a temporary reduction in energy. They may find themselves sleeping longer, perhaps as much as 12 hours a night. Some people also report aches and pains in various parts of the body, digestive system disturbances such as gas, constipation, or diarrhea, or other miscellaneous complaints.

These symptoms occur because the body is ridding itself of the substances that have been making it toxic – not only the materials that have accumulated in the colon, but also the antibodies and other substances that have built up in the individual cells, interfering with their normal functioning. As these substances are ejected out of the tissues, they are dumped into the system, making the body temporarily more toxic until they can be excreted. This is partly what produces the symptoms of the healing reaction. This effect is accentuated by the body’s process of tearing apart defective tissue, repairing damaged cells, destroying parasites or infective agents, and otherwise producing debris from the re-construction.

I find that the more severe the individual’s condition (the more toxic his or her body is), the stronger will be the healing reaction. Because the healing reaction is caused by the flushing of toxins out of the cells, the strength of that reaction also depends on how carefully the individual is following the recommended nutritional program. The more correctly the program is followed, the stronger will be the healing reaction.


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Why old symptoms come back?

Often in the course of the healing process, old symptoms temporarily reappear. Why should people have to go back through these old problems in the course of getting better? I believe that the specific symptoms that a person experiences at any given time depend on the balance among the various biochemical substances in the body. For example, when a person is perfectly healthy there is a certain ratio between Substance A and Substance B in the tissues. When this ratio gets out of balance to a certain degree, the person may feel fatigue; when the imbalance is greater, a headache may occur; when it is greater still, the person may develop insomnia, and so on.

One reason people must re-experience symptoms as they get healthier is that in order to progress from, say, a 100:1 imbalance to a 1:1 balance, they have to go back through 99:1, 98:1, and so forth, and as they go through each phase they experience the symptoms associated with that particular level of imbalance.

Biochemist John Eck has pursued a similar line of thought in his research on mineral nutrients. Using hair analysis Eck has suggested the optimal levels for some of the principal minerals in the body. On the basis of the ratios among these minerals, Eck is able to estimate how efficiently the thyroid and adrenal glands are functioning, and hence to predict an individual’s metabolic energy level.

Of course in actuality a person’s symptoms would not depend on the ratio between just two substances, but among hundreds of different things. If a person gets stuck at some level he will get stuck in the symptoms for that level. This helps to explain the basis of the chronic illnesses from which so many people suffer.

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I like to picture the healing process as going up a flight of stairs. At the top of the stairs, the energy is balanced, all the nutrients are present in their proper ratios, and the body is functioning properly.

Then the body begins to deteriorate. He moves down the stairs, and at each step along the way he experiences a specific kind of symptom – perhaps less energy at one step, headaches a little further down, an ulcer still further, and so on. As the body begins to heal itself once again, the person begins to move back up the stairs, and re-experience the symptoms associated with these various levels of health.

Drugs that block pain may also block healing.

Experiencing such healing reactions can be very distressing for many people, because we are taught in our society that symptoms are somehow bad. Although it is tempting to take pain killers, antihistamines, or other drugs when uncomfortable symptoms occur in the course of healing, it is very important to follow the prescribed program correctly and to do nothing to interfere with the healing process. If in the past an individual went through a period of pain, taking pain killers or other drugs at this point to relieve the symptoms actually prolongs the discomfort.

You see, aspirin and antihistamines work by blocking the prostaglandins – chemical substances found throughout the body which regulate many bodily functions and metabolic process. Generally the prostaglandins work in opposing pairs. One, for example, may produce inflammation and swelling in response to a specific stimulus, while another undoes these reactions. When a person takes aspirin or an antihistamine to stop an uncomfortable reaction, he may not experience the pain or inflammation, but he also does not get the healing process that undoes the reason for the pain and inflammation. He has achieved a stalemate rather than a cure.


Some natural ways to ease healing reactions

When healing reactions are very troublesome, we can usually do something to help. Some herbal remedies relieve symptoms without interfering with the healing process. For example, white willow bark contains a different chemical form of salicylic acid than aspirin, so that it blocks only the inflammation chain of the prostaglandin and not the healing chain. This illustrates why natural substances are preferable to synthetic drugs in the long run.

The dosage of certain supplements can also be adjusted to slow down the rate at which the healing process takes place. When my clients have uncomfortable strong healing reactions, I cut down on the dosage. This slows down the healing process. The uncomfortable symptoms are less intense, but the healing process is also more prolonged. As the person’s body becomes detoxified, we can once again increase the dosage until it is being taken at optimal dosage.

For those who may experience the healing process, symptoms usually happen at:

  1. 1-7 day mark
  2. 5-6 week mark
  3. 3 month mark
  4. 6 month mark

then further and further apart and the signs are milder as time goes on.

Cleansing Signs

  1. Fatigue
    lasts 7-10 days at beginning, then further apart and milder
  2. Headache
    reflects what is happening in the body
  3. Rash
    could be allergy or cleansing:

    • if rash came up right away, it’s an allergy
    • if someone has been on the products for a while, then got a rash, it’s a cleansing sign. Skin is largest eliminating organ
  4. Mucous
    signs of slight cold, clearing throat often, runny nose, runny eyes
  5. Loose stool
    • loose stool is good, diarrhea is bad
    • loose stool is going 2-4x very loose, or watery
    • diarrhea is going 9-10x in last few hours
    • most people have highly acidic system from meat, alcohol, pop.
    • If loose stool, this is good. Continue at same dose

What is a healing crisis?

The healing crisis has been expressed over the years by the following definition, which has gained widespread acceptance:

  • “All cure starts from within out, from the head down, and in reverse order as the symptoms have appeared.”
  • Putting it another way, a healing crisis will occur only when an individual is ready both physiologically and psychologically. The basic foundation for all healing is nutritional preparedness. A healing crisis will begin from within out, in reverse chronological order as to when and how the symptoms have appeared.

Frequently a person will start a new nutritional program, including the use of supplements. Within hours or days a burst of energy and well-being may be experienced. Shortly thereafter this may suddenly change, and past symptoms and pains may return. Unless one has been taught to expect such a “healing crisis,” he or she might become alarmed, and resort to the use of drugs to “make me feel better.” As indicated earlier, this suppresses the symptoms (which are body’s efforts to return to rid itself of toxins) and halts the healing process.

If one is fully informed concerning the possibility of the healing crisis, there are a number of things that can be done to make this time pass more comfortably and safely.

Remember, your body is infinitely intelligent, and, if given the proper tools (good nutrition, sufficient fresh air and water, adequate rest and sleep and a positive mental attitude), will manage to work itself through the healing crisis and “miraculously” heal itself.


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