Last month Fred wrote a blog article focusing on the scientific contributions of pioneer RNA researcher Dr. Benjamin S. Frank titled “Dietary Nucleic Acids – Dr. Benjamin S. Frank, Part 1.”
This month we present intriguing, practical ideas regarding the remarkable effects of dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA) – provided by high-RNA foods and superfoods like Rejuvenate!™ – for improved athletic performance and physiological function of the body.
Dietary nucleic acids significantly boost many human physiological functions. The effects and benefits of dietary RNA have been studied and documented for more than 40 years. Yet, for a variety of reasons, these effects and benefits have not been widely understood, utilized, or applied by sports medicine (and medicine more generally) and athletes, nutritionists, or the general public.
HPDI’s research into the beneficial physiological effects of dietary RNA led us to study the therapeutic benefits of chlorella. This ultimately led to Hank’s formulating Rejuvenate!™ superfoods in order to harness the nutritional benefits of dietary nucleic acids for health and healing.
Many of the benefits of dietary RNA in terms of increasing health and therapeutically for healing also apply for purposes of improving athletic performance. That is, not only do individuals suffering from various health conditions typically benefit greatly from dietary RNA, but also healthy individuals who desire to boost their performance (e.g., in athletic endeavors) gain significant benefits.
The reason athletes can gain significant benefits from nucleic acids is because the same physiological processes required for rapid healing (e.g., ATP production, increased cellular energy, greater cellular oxygenation) are also critical for optimal performance in sports.
DIETARY RNA IMPROVES SPORTS PERFORMANCE NATURALLY
It’s a fact that dietary nucleic acids like RNA and DNA supports optimal physiological function in the body. This includes improved athletic performance.
Rejuvenate!™ superfoods provide therapeutically high levels of dietary RNA, which translate into powerful beneficial effects for sports performance. During the past nine years , we at Health Products Distributors, Inc. (HPDI) have developed Rejuvenate!™ superfoods primarily based on research conducted by nucleic acid pioneer Dr. Benjamin S. Frank during the 1960s and 1970s.
Dr. Frank treated and conducted research on thousands of patients and animals using nucleic acids (consisting of RNA (ribonucleic acid) and DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)). He discovered that dietary nucleic acids offer unique benefits that increase cellular oxygenation, endurance, functional strength, and physical performance.
DR. FRANK ON THE BENEFITS OF NUCLEIC ACIDS (RNA, DNA)
Dr. Frank’s animal experiments and his experience with human subjects showed many beneficial effects, indicating that dietary nucleic acids (especially RNA) are ideal nutrients for enhancing athletic performance.
Dr. Frank reports include the following beneficial effects:
- INCREASED GROWTH (ESPECIALLY MUSCLE GROWTH)
- GREATER ENDURANCE
- POSITIVE EFFECTS ON THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM
- INCREASED LUNG CAPACITY & EASIER BREATHING (I.E., BETTER OXYGEN UTILIZATION)
- HIGHER TOLERANCE FOR TEMPERATURE EXTREMES (COLD AND HEAT)
- IMPROVED SKIN ELASTICITY AND SMOOTHNESS, AND A MORE YOUTHFUL APPEARANCE
- GREATER VITALITY AND LONGEVITY
Dr. Frank’s subjects also reported many positive effects, including:
- INCREASED ENERGY LEVELS
- GREATER STAMINA
- IMPROVED MUSCLE STRENGTH
- EASIER BREATHING
- LOWERED CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
- DIMINISHMENT OF ANGINA PAINS AND OTHER BENEFICIAL CARDIOVASCULAR EFFECTS
- BLOOD SUGAR STABILIZATION
- IMPROVED VISION
In addition to dietary RNA and DNA, Dr. Frank found that optimal results were achieved when his patients took a multivitamin and/or a B-complex supplement, minerals, proteins, and essential fatty acids. Rejuvenate!™ superfoods provide these additional nutrients along with therapeutic levels of RNA and DNA.
PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE: RESULTS OBSERVED BY DR. FRANK
Among his findings pertaining to improved physical performance, Dr. Frank reports these specific results:
1) Dr. Frank had seven healthy individuals climb flights of stairs both before and after RNA therapy. Whereas fatigue began by rapidly climbing 3 sets of stairs before RNA therapy, after 10 full doses (over a period of 1–2 weeks) of his RNA formula the same group was able to rapidly climb 6–10 flights of stairs before fatiguing.
2) Four males, aged 34–40, who were in very good condition were able to increase their ability to lift weights over their heads by 10–20 pounds after taking his RNA formula for a short time (about 2–3 weeks).
3) Mice were placed in sealed jars to determine whether RNA would affect the length of their survival. Dr. Frank found that RNA-fed experimental animals survived 48 percent longer than those on the control diet. In another experiment, he placed control and RNA-fed rats in a water tank to evaluate their swimming endurance. The RNA-fed rats averaged 15.6 minutes before exhaustion versus 11.3 minutes for the control group.
Amazingly, Dr. Frank discovered that anti-anoxic effect and all the other effects of RNA were long lasting. He found that these effects persisted for weeks after cessation of nucleic acid therapy. Dr. Frank’s experiments support the application of high-RNA therapy for enhancing sports performance in athletes.
Rejuvenate!™ superfoods are designed to provide the high levels of RNA required by athletes to optimize their performance. All major benefits provided by therapeutic levels of RNA serve to increase functional capacity and improve results in sports.
DIETARY RNA ENHANCES ATP PRODUCTION FOR HIGH ENERGY LEVELS
In his books (e.g., Dr. Frank’s No-Aging Diet and Nucleic Acid Nutrition & Therapy), Dr. Frank addresses how dietary RNA dramatically increases cellular energy. RNA boosts energy levels in the body by significantly increasing production of the “high-energy” molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Humans, and especially athletes, require energy from ATP for many purposes, including physical exertion, endurance, recovery, cellular repair, metabolism, muscle growth, etc.
DIETARY RNA: ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT FOR LIFE
In Nucleic Acid Nutrition and Therapy (1977), Dr. Frank notably asserts that nucleic acids (RNA/DNA) are “essential nutrients of human beings” as distinct from non-essential, accessory nutrients. He considered nucleic acids and nucleotides an essential dietary category, i.e., as being nutrients just as essential for humans as vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids.
Dr. Frank acknowledged the body’s capacity to synthesize some nucleic acids, yet cited the marked improvements in degenerative conditions as the clearest evidence for nucleic acids as essential nutrients. In particular, he noted the health effects resulting from even relatively small (as little as 75 mg) intakes of nucleic acids (e.g., energizing effects, anti-anoxia/oxygen sparing effects, rejuvenation, greater vitality, etc.).
Dr. Frank found he could not obtain such improvements in his subjects by increasing only the intake of vitamins, minerals, proteins, or other essential nutrients. He declares: “Nucleic acids are an essential nutrient in our daily diets, and…optimal health and reduced aging are clearly related to their intake, more than to any other nutrient. Nucleic acids in our diets are of paramount importance for the repairing of molecular and gross tissue degeneration, and for combating the process of aging by simple, effective and essentially non-toxic, natural means.”
CHLORELLA: CONCENTRATED SOURCE OF NUCLEIC ACIDS
Following Dr. Frank’s research studies, Dr. Bernard Jensen helped thousands of his patients recover their health using nucleic acid therapy. In particular, Dr. Jensen dramatically raised awareness of the healing powers of nucleic acids through his publications, including Chlorella: Gem of the Orient (1987). Due to his efforts, chlorella, a high-RNA (5–15%) fresh water algae, is now readily available to consumers and is an ingredient in many superfoods.
In his book Chlorella: Jewel of the Far East (1992), Dr. Jensen simply states: “When we have a sufficient intake of foods rich in DNA and RNA to protect our own cellular nucleic acids, the cell wall continues to function efficiently, keeping the cell clean and well nourished….when our RNA and DNA are in good repair and able to function most efficiently, our bodies are able to use nutrients more effectively, get rid of toxins and avoid disease….cells are able to repair themselves, and the energy level and vitality of the whole body is raised.”
While chlorella is a concentrated source of dietary nucleic acids, we at HPDI believe it’s preferable to consume nucleic acids from a variety of sources. This is because various high-RNA foods and superfoods have unique nucleic acid profiles. Balance is key. In addition, there are other nutrients (e.g., d-ribose and certain B vitamins) that optimize the body’s uptake and utilization of dietary nucleic acids. These are just a few reasons HPDI developed the Rejuvenate!™ line of superfoods.
SOURCES OF RNA & DNA IN REJUVENATE!™ SUPERFOODS
While Dr. Frank’s sources of RNA were primarily fish, there are now a variety of vegetarian sources of RNA/DNA available, including the fresh water algae chlorella and spirulina, nutritional yeast, chlorella growth factor (CGF), and yeast extracts of RNA/DNA. Rejuvenate!™ superfoods incorporate these sources to provide a minimum of 340 mg of RNA per serving.
FOODS & SUPPORTING NUTRIENTS IN REJUVENATE!™ SUPERFOODS
Dr. Frank recommends consuming additional nutrients needed by the body for nucleic acids to be optimally effective. These nutrients include proteins, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. Rejuvenate!™ superfoods include these nutrients. HPDI’s extensive experience formulating high-quality supplements makes it possible to produce powerful synergistic superfoods that combine pure RNA sources with these additional ingredients. For example, HPDI adds rice, hemp, and vegetable sprouts proteins; rice bran solubles; flax and chia seeds; D-ribose; kelp and dulse; coenzyme vitamins; powerful antioxidants (including resveratrol) and phytonutrients; plant-based enzymes; freeze-dried fruits and vegetables; adaptogenic herbs; prebiotics; and functional taste enhancers.
We suggest athletes take Rejuvenate!™ superfoods before, during, and/or after workouts and events. These superfoods are easily consumed, readily digested, and rapidly provide the power of RNA and other superfoods when you need them most.
SUGGESTED AMOUNTS OF REJUVENATE!™ SUPERFOODS
One serving of Rejuvenate!™ (original) superfood provides about 340 mg of dietary nucleic acids. Serving sizes vary somewhat with Rejuvenate!™ original providing the most per unit weight and more servings per container. Rejuvenate!™ PLUS and Berries & Herbs provide similar levels of dietary RNA with somewhat larger serving sizes, yet these include higher levels of protein, built-in coenzyme vitamin complexes, and other nutrients like herbs.
Rejuvenate!™ Berries & Herbs actually provides the most dietary RNA per serving at 390 mg. This despite the fact that it’s the only Rejuvenate!™ superfood that does not contain any greens (i.e., chlorella or spirulina).
Results have been gained with as little as one serving per day, i.e., just 340 milligrams of dietary RNA. Dr. Frank notes that an upper limit for most individuals is about 1,500 mg daily. That is, benefits level out beyond this point for most people. However, it has been suggested that for athletes and individuals engaging in extremely demanding activities (e.g., Olympic-level training or extreme sports) benefits can be gained at levels up to 3,000 mg of RNA daily.
REJUVENATE!™ SUPERFOODS ARE FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
For best results, HPDI recommends that individuals take four types of foundational supplements, including Rejuvenate!™ superfoods. Foundational supplements include 1) High-Potency Multivitamin (like Multi Two), 2) Antioxidant / Vitamin C formula (like Ultimate Protector™ or PRO-C™), 3) Essential Fats (like Omega Plus), and 4) Rejuvenate!™ superfoods.
All four types of foundational supplements are important for health. HPDI formulates foundational formulas to work together synergistically for optimal results. Athletes and regular folks can experience greater results (and greater health) when using all four types simultaneously. Note: Both Rejuvenate!™ PLUS and Rejuvenate!™ Berries & Herbs provide a built-in multivitamin, so this may reduce the need for a high-potency multivitamin.
FRED’S PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
“I personally have taken Rejuvenate superfoods for eight years. Some of the benefits I have noticed during this period include increased lean muscle mass, greater strength, improved lung capacity, better endurance, smoother skin, and greater overall well-being. More recently, I gained the benefit of rapid healing. At the end of May 2011, I had knee surgery to reconstruct an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) which was severely damaged in an auto accident back in November 2010. This injury put a sudden end to my workouts, yoga, and even normal walking. Six weeks before surgery, I boosted my intake of original Rejuvenate! to eight to ten scoops per day knowing it would help speed healing.
My healing and recovery was remarkably rapid. I experienced little pain after surgery and the incision point is now a faded scar that is scarcely noticeable. I also quickly regained strength and flexibility. My doctor was extremely pleased with my progress, and my physical therapist was pleased that I was months ahead of standard benchmarks for recovery time.
I then started a walk–run program. It felt great running for the first time in months. I certainly engaged in many healthful practices to hasten my healing. However, I feel taking larger amounts of Rejuvenate! original is the single most important factor providing powerful, effective nutrition to support rapid recovery from my injury. It also provided the nutrition that supported my return to active life and participation in sports. I am now fully recovered from my injuries and surgery. I still take Rejuvenate!™ daily.”
COMMENTS FROM USERS OF REJUVENATE!™ SUPERFOODS
Many other individuals report benefits similar to those Fred gained. Here are some comments we’ve received from individuals who gained benefits relating the athletic performance and improved energy levels after taking Rejuvenate! superfoods. These persons range from a professional cyclist to competitive runners, a surfer, and ordinary people who notice improved physical performance.
“As a professional athlete I am very conscious of my nutrition and the food and supplements I put in my body. When I recently tried the Rejuvenate! PLUS and Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs products from HPDI and incorporated them into my diet (even for just a few days), I immediately noticed a difference in my recovery, next workout muscle fatigue, and overall daily body stamina. The quality of these products is incomparable and through my tight regimen of physical activity and nutrition I am able to see the effects and difference a supplement can make.”
“During moderate to high physical activity, like mountain biking to work or fast day-hiking, I have noticed that Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs and Rejuvenate! Plus have the apparent ability to improve my LT (lactate threshold), the stable level at which my body is using lactic acid at the same rate it is producing it. In simpler terms this means that I can exercise longer and stronger, increasing the level at which I first begin to feel fatigue or “burn” in my muscles. It’s a benefit that’s hard to beat.”
– Jim B., San Manuel, Arizona
“I have already mentioned in the past how great all other Rejuvenate products have been working on me, but the Berries and Herbs has opened up a new dimension for me. I feel amazing every day, brimming with energy, being very productive and capable of doing a whole lot many more things than ever before.”
– Oleg P., Australia
“I am a marathon runner and I just started on Rejuvenate! Plus. Compared to the carbohydrate loading I was doing previously, I noticed after taking a single scoop of Rejuvenate! Plus that my energy level didn’t peak and fall, but remained high throughout my workouts.”
– Charles C., Oracle, Arizona
“We’ve got our entire family on Rejuvenate!. My husband’s mother (who has just been diagnosed with angina) was here staying with us about 2 weeks ago and we gave her a tub to take home with her. When she was here she found it difficult to get a breath walking up slight inclines, etc. Well! You should have seen the email we got from her yesterday…her breathing is remarkable, she is full of energy, and her actual words were “I want to run a marathon! I wouldn’t be without this product for a day…”
Thank you so much!”
– Karen W., UK
“Rejuvenate! Plus gives me a sense of inner wellness and power. I am 56 now but feel much younger than that. If I miss a few days I seem to slow down. After a couple days back on it, I am full of FIRE again.”
– Alan A., Monument Valley, Colorado
“I used to fight daily to not fall asleep in the afternoon, but now I have so much more energy…I go running in the afternoon even after surfing in the morning and waking up at 4:45 am!”
– Ariana H., Santa Cruz, California
“I have been using Rejuvenate! PLUS as I get within a couple weeks of 10k and half marathon races. It provides me with a kick and liveliness that just continues to help improve my personal best results. I gain that extra push to shave off time and perform at my peak. It also makes recovery time much shorter and a lot more effective.”
– Chris Pings, Cañon City, Colorado
SOURCES & RESOURCES
BOOKS BY DR. BENJAMIN S. FRANK
Dr. Frank’s No-Aging Diet: Eat and Grow Younger. Dial Press, 1976.
Nucleic Acid Nutrition and Therapy. Rainstone Publishing, 1977
Nucleic Acid and Anti Oxidant Therapy of Aging and Degeneration. Royal Health Books, 1977.
Nucleic Acid Therapy in Aging and Degenerative Disease–A Metabolic Approach with DNA, RNA, and Related Metabolites. Psychological Library, 1968.
ARTICLES ABOUT DIETARY RNA
SELECTED ARTICLES FROM THE HPDI BLOG
DIETARY NUCLEIC ACIDS – DR. BENJAMIN S. FRANK, PART 1 by Fred Liers, PhD
High-RNA Rejuvenate! Superfood by Hank Liers, PhD
9 Things to Know about Rejuvenate!™ Superfoods by Fred Liers, PhD
BE HEALTHY WITH REJUVENATE!™ BERRIES & HERBS by Fred Liers, PhD
Super-Tasty Morning Nutritional Drinks by Dr. Hank Liers & Fred Liers, PhD
Living with Radiation: Protection Starts Today by Dr. Hank Liers
REJUVENATE!™ PRODUCT REVIEWS
Superfood for Cellular Survival by Dr. Mark Sircus
MIKE ADAMS INTERVIEWS DR. HANK LIERS