Prre-historic Master Cleanse

Our bodies have many ways of eliminating waste, er, besides the obvious. One reason your physician harps on that “good guy cholesterol” stuff is that the HDL cholesterol molecule can clean out the other cholesterol molecules and make sure they don’t get deposited as waste piles cluttering your veins. But the most potent clean up system we have is based on a set of complex enzymes in the cytochrome P450 group. These enzymes can add molecules to other molecules through chemical reactions. And when chemists study this they found there was a way to detect their action when a specific pigment color detector signaled with this pigment 450. But barring any real worry about why they are named this, the group of molecule splitters (that’s what an enzyme does) is a critical piece of clearing toxins from our body. And we need an army of genes to do it, over 50 and in fact some of these are stored in what are called mitochondria. Mitochondria are the little energy substation within our cells. Probably once they were real organisms that came to live within us, and they originated a long long time ago. In fact we can show these P450 genes originated about 1.5 billion years ago. This is a very long time ago, for instance, the Clan of the Cave Bear book, that took place in the time period about 25,000 years ago. So that’s’ still 1.4999+ billion before that!


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