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Discovery and Research

The discovery of Salvestrols evolved from the work of research scientist Professor Dan Burke.  As a faculty member of Aberdeen University Medical School for nearly 20 years, he specialised in the Cytochrome P450 enzyme system. His research group discovered that a specific enzyme or protein, was present in diseased cells but typically absent from healthy tissue.

Burke went on to become head of the School of Pharmacy at De Montfort University, Leicester. At De Montfort he met Professor Gerry Potter, who was Director of the Cancer Drug Discovery Group. When Professor Burke described the CYP enzyme to him, Potter immediately saw the potential of this enzyme in developing therapies for infllammation/diseased cells.


Initially, the pair worked on developing synthetic pharmaceutical products to combat disease. But in 2002 they discovered similarly structured compounds were naturally present in many foods. Professor Potter called this new class of natural compounds Salvestrols.


The best way to picture Salvestrols is to understand their role in the plants that produce them. When attacked by pathogens, primarily fungi plants defend themselves with Salvestrols. Where pathogens contain a CYP enzyme, Salvestrols are metabolised by the enzymes and die.


This enzyme found in in diseased cells offers the potential to use the plants’ response and make it part of our own defence. Consuming Salvestrol-rich plants lets Salvestrols enter our diseased cells and offer support at times of chronic inflammation.


We know that the modern commercial production of foods, GMO's and the use of chemicals and spraying (glyphosate) have resulted in our everyday foods having much lower levels of the salvetrsols than those foods from 100yrs ago. Organically grown foods doing better than geebnral everyday supermarket varieties, showing the bitterness in foods and juices have been engineered out as a way to satisfy the market demamnd for sweeter more palatable foods. The typical western food supply is desperately deficient in Salvestrols being "perfect produce" rather than "food" for our bodies.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease. Please consult a qualified healthcare practitioner for medical advice and for guidelines as appropriate.

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