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Kinetin : An anti-oxidative LONGEVITY rejuvenator

Ever heard of the plant hormone KINETIN? It delays the onset of many cellular and biochemical characteristics associated with cellular aging of cultured human cells.

Some of the main effects by using the Hayflick system of human fibroblast aging are:

– maintaining the youthful morphology for much longer period (up to 95% of completed lifespan)
– reversing senescent morphology.
– maintaining youthful pattern of DNA, RNA and protein synthesis.
– slowing down the rate of accumulation of age-pigment like things.

These effects can be best seen as “preventive” effects instead of reversion of ageing. Cells grown continuously stay younger. Most importantly, these effects are achieved without interfering with the maximum proliferative capacity. No additonal cell divisions are induced. This is unlike all other anti-ageing things reported for cell cultures for example, FGF, PDGF, ginseng, carnosine. All those things induce additional cell divisions which can be potentially harmful in terms of making cells move on a path to immortalization (here meaning cancer.)

Kinetin is N6-furfunyadenine, a modified base that can get incorporated in tRNA. … in our experiments Kinetin is the most effective.

Best natural source of kinetin related cytokinins are: all germinating seeds and growing tips.

The paper: Kinetin delays the onset of ageing characteristics in human fibroblasts, by SIS Rattan & BFC Clark is in Biochemical Biophysical Research Communications, vol 201. Compiled from USENET bionet.molbio.ageing on new “Anti-Ageing Discoveries”.

Sprouts for body-building?

Sprouts & Sex – toss away the blue/orange pill

A heart patient’s prescription (& your’s too…)

The BIGGEST deterrent to Strokes (& many other chronic maladies)

BEWARE! The over-sold ‘Benefits of Alfalfa Sprouts’

Our food isn’t, if reduced to matter…

Sprouts & Sex – toss away the blue/orange pill

As per research in the Agricultural Experiment Station, Beltsville, Maryland, USA, some sprouts have been successfully used to restore the fertility of unfertile cows. Would you like to guess why?
Because sprouts are the best sources of all the “Sex Nutriments” (besides other nutrients).

What are these sex-nutriments?
Well, Vitamin E for sure is known as The “sex vitamin”. And some sprouts like wheat (complete list in my book) have 3 times more vitamin E than whole wheat.

But then Vitamin E supplementation would have done the job as well… Why sprout?
For atleast 3 sexy reasons –

1. In order to fully absorb Vitamin E (or any other nutriment for that matter) it must be provided as part of a complex set of varied nutrients some of which may still be beyond a thorough conclusive understanding of modern dieticians. In other words Vit E or any other “sex-nutriment” on its own wouldn’t do much.

2. The nutriments must be bio-available so that they actually get utlilized by the body, which is not the case with supplements.

3. The digestion of the food shouldn’t dig into one’s energy reserves. That leaves it available to help the body recuperate.

etc. etc.

If you think optimum energy levels & a healthy body resulting from a complete set of bio-available “sex-nutriments” can help us lesser humans as well then go search for “sex” over here (no where else & I won’t tell your mummy, promise!). You might as well discover the password for hot st(r)eaming ….  forever.

With a fourth of all men & women suffereing from infertility &/or some other sexual problems, sprouts may indeed be food for s__  er.. emm…  thought.

My 1st week as a Raw-Foodist
Week 2 to 4 of My Tryst with Raw Foodism.
The best sprout to beat the s*** out of eczema?
The weight-loss conundrum
A heart patient’s prescription (& your’s too…)
The BIGGEST deterrent to Strokes (& many other chronic maladies)
Is this how YOUR blood looks like?
Sprouts for body-building?
BEWARE! The over-sold ‘Benefits of Alfalfa Sprouts’
Permanent Eczema Treatment (Part 1 of 5)

BEWARE! The over-sold ‘Benefits of Alfalfa Sprouts’

Many readers find their way here looking for “alfalfa sprout benefits”. As someone who has invested some time studying nutrition in all it’s glory beyond the commercialized myths, I thought it was high time I lay out some of the bleaker facts about alfalfa sprouts for everyone’s benefit. People generally tend to base their decisions on over-advertised research findings which generally focus on only 1 aspect of a certain thing at the exclusion of all others (for example benefits versus risks). It may serve you to know the following before you put your health at stake with the much-celebrated alfalfa sprouts :-

  1. Whatever few food-poisoning ever happened with sprouts, almost all of them where because of alfalfa; Nothing to panic about though. Just keep in mind that alfalfa is generally grown as an animal feed. These kind of alfalfa seeds – are NOT pathogen certified – & hence are more likely to be infected because animal feed products are beyond the purview of food-health regulations which have been formulated for farming done for human consumption.Recommendation : Grow your sprouts at home using “non-pathogen certified” organic seeds meant for sprouting. You can get them on eBay or in your neighbourhood health shop.
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  2. Alfalfa sprouts have a relatively higher amount of phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens may be good for menopausal women but not so for the rest of them (they contribute to PMS). Men can ofcourse do without them. If given in excess to kids (for ex. in baby food), they may interfere with optimum sexual development of boys while making girl childs achieve puberty pre-maturely. Again nothing to panic as phytoestrogens are already present in many common fruits & vegetables commonly consumed by all.Recommendation : I think we can do with one less source of phytoestrogens- given the huge choice of seeds with better benefits.
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  3. Alfalfa sprouts contain sapotoxins, malonic acid and L-canavanine sulfate. Some people have reported negative health effects from their consumption. The toxic saponin levels are at their highest when alfalfa sprouts are 6-8 days old ie when it is commonly eaten. L-canavanine sulfate is present in the seed and decreases as the sprout grows. According to all this research, consuming large amounts of alfalfa sprouts is risky. For example, sapotoxins in alfalfamay reduce serum cholesterol by preventing its reabsorption after it has been excreted in the bile. Another research reports no harmful effects from consumption of moderate amounts of raw alfalfa sprouts. Low-saponin cultivars of alfalfa have also been developed.Recommendation : Given all the risks above, I’ll suggest you look elsewhere. There are 70+ seeds that we can sprout easily at home.

Now lets look at the purported benefits of the over-commercialized alfalfa sprouts :-
1. All the claims based on it’s nutrients can simply be applied to many other sprouts as well – but WITHOUT the risks high-lighted above.

2. Any claims about it being a complete food is a bit of an exaggeration as there is NO ONE single food on planet earth which possesses every nutrient human body needs. Spirulina comes close but no nutritionist will ever recommend eating just 1 type of food. Yes, one may kind of make this claim about the entire set of sprouts because if you eat a variety of them then indeed you will get almost all the nutrients including Vitamins T, H & P. Thats why I eat about a dozen different types of sprouts & soaks on a daily basis. They are easy to grow & takes just 15 mins or so a day if you follow the prescribed methodology.

I have been Sprouting @ Home for almost 8 yrs now & never went beyond my 1st packet of alfalfa seeds because –

  1. It takes much longer – actually double the time to sprout as compared to most other sprouts.
  2. It’s more finicky than most other sprouts.
  3. The seeds sprouting rate is lesser than many other sprouts.
  4. It is more temperature sensitive than many other sprouts.

These reasons coupled with the risks mentioned above were enough for me to explore further & I was happy to find even more nutritive sprouts out there. I have formulated them into 2 super-potent sprouts-muesli which provide me all the nutrients we can obtain from the interesting & versatile sprouts kingdom. I go out of the sprouting world only for the very few nutrients which I have not found in the otherwise enzyme-rich sprouting world.

Some of the posts here will give you a taste of it but do you really want to get a feel of the peak in nutrition, better than even what a “syllabus bound” nutritionist or commercially ‘sponsored’ researcher out there would ever recommend?

Anyways, there are some other commonly consumed sprouts which can actually be problematic. My course has the entire list. In the mean time, happy sprouting & never mind the over-hyped benefits of alfalfa sprouts.

My 1st week as a Raw-Foodist
Week 2 to 4 of My Tryst with Raw Foodism.
The best sprout to beat the s*** out of eczema?
The weight-loss conundrum
A heart patient’s prescription (& your’s too…)
The BIGGEST deterrent to Strokes (& many other chronic maladies)
Is this how YOUR blood looks like?
Sprouts for body-building?

The weight-loss conundrum

Breaking News :
“Health, fitness, weight-loss constitute the biggest chunk of all new year resolutions.” 🙂
And what’s the story of the weight-loss scene? :-
“… Amongst the ‘busy’ over-worked masses ‘fad diets’ continue to rule the roost.”

It’s possible these fancy diets may have something useful in them “backed by scientific evidence & latest research” and promoted by professionally qualified authors. But based on what I see around, many are akin to the get-rich-quick scams : long on dreams, short on results. What do you want?

Why is it so difficult to believe that – best things in life are indeed free.

I suppose… Continue reading