SOD - An enzyme essential to all life
One of the important compounds found in HARAI is a type of enzyme known as Superoxide dismutase (SOD.) Named for its function in combating cell mutations (dis-mutase), and the damage caused by free oxygen radicals (superoxide), SODs are essential to plant and animal life alike, working inside cells to negate the ill effects of oxidation.
Given that oxidation damages the human body in much the same way that it rust metal destroys iron, it is no surprise that oxide-fighting SODs are credited with all kinds of collateral good. Research has shown that they are effective in controlling both chronic and acute inflammation, some types of infection, gout, the physiological and cognitive effects of aging, and even the growth of cancer.
While the role and production of SODs in the body is beyond doubt, there is much argument about the efficacy of SODs introduced through dietary supplements. As with other vitamins and micronutrients, it is believed that SODs in supplemental form are broken down and rendered ineffective by the human digestive system. Hence, the real problem is not determining if SODs are beneficial to health, but how to increase their presence in the body when deficiencies occur.
The researchers who investigated the ITO Probiotic yeast, the strain used in the fermentation of HARAI, discovered that this yeast is not only highly acid-tolerant (enough to survive passage through the low pH of the stomach), but also that it exhibits anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer characteristics. While research continues on the effects of this yeast as a cancer inhibiting agent – and while its U.S. patent application undergoes review – it is reasonable to theorize that HARAI’s process of fermentation has successfully bound the plant-based SODs to other organic compounds in the extract, making it an effective transporter of SODs to the nutrient-absorbing walls of the lower intestines.