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April 2003

Carcinogens Are Everywhere,
But Do You Have To Worry?

What Life Extension members should do

Chlorophyllin protects against many different carcinogens

There are over fifty cancer-causing agents known to occur in the human diet that chlorophyllin has been shown to protect against including:

(1) benzo(a)pyrene43-45
(2) DMBA [dimethylbenzanthracene]
(3) dibenzopyrene38,46 TRP-P236
(4) aflatoxin B-1 and aflatoxin B-248-54
(5) aminoanthracene 45
(6) 2-nitrofluorene 45, 52
(7) 1-nitropyrene 52
(8) 1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-pyridine] [PHIP] 53
(9) 2-amino-3-methylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoline, [IQ] 41

Many of these carcinogens are found in ordinary broiled, boiled, baked and otherwise high-temperature cooked foods.35 PHIP is considered the most abundant heterocyclic amine in fried ground beef.35,53 It causes colon cancers in F344 rats, and is considered a leading suspect as a cancer agent in man.35,53 Chlorophyllin (0.1%) in the drinking water of rats reduced aberrant crypt foci 50% in the colon when exposed to PHIP[17]. In another study with F344 rats, a diet with 2000 parts per million (ppm) chlorophyllin significantly protected them from diethylnitrosamine-induced liver neoplasms.54


The press often comes up with a "carcinogen of the week" scare. These are easy stories to create because as you have just learned, carcinogens are literally everywhere.

Health conscious individuals should weigh the potential benefit of a food against its potential cancer risk. It certainly makes sense to minimize exposure to highly concentrated carcinogens like tobacco smoke, UV radiation from sunlight and overcooked foods. Even though fruits and vegetables contain some carcinogens, increased consumption of fruits and vegetables has been shown in human epidemiological studies to decrease cancer risk.

If we remember that all cancers are caused initially by mutations to our DNA genes, then we can fully appreciate the importance of consuming supplements that specifically protect our cells against these mutagenic agents. Antioxidants provide some protection by preventing gene-damaging free radicals that are generated by carcinogens. The three most important nutrients to guard our genes against carcinogens are chlorophyllin, folic acid and indole-3-carbinol (I3C). These supplements are inexpensive, yet may be the most effective means of protecting our cells against the hundreds of carcinogens we are inevitably exposed to every day.

Life Extension magazine cuts through media hype in order to inform members about practical solutions to prevent disease (such as cancer) and slow premature aging. When you read about a potential cancer risk in the mass media, seldom is there an in-depth analysis of what the real risk posed is, or what you can do to neutralize that risk. Life Extension members want the facts-which is what we seek to deliver with every issue of this magazine.

For longer life,


William Faloon


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