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Nutri-tide™ – Nucleotide nutritional formula

The food supplements Nucleotide Nutrition produce contain our exclusive and innovative Nutri-tide™ nucleotide nutritional formula. This major advance in dietary nutrition ensures the ready availability of nucleotides at the times when the body most requires them.

 

Nutri-tide™ contains all 5 nucleotides (from the pyrimidine and purine groups) that are required for the formation of DNA and RNA. The extensive research conducted by Pro Bio’s scientists and dietitians, has enabled us to formulate Nutri-tide™ to contain the appropriate relative levels of each nucleotide to complement modern diets.

 

 

Have you heard of nucleotides before?

If not, you’ll be interested to know that they are in all living organisms. In fact, every cell in your body contains them – over a billion per cell!

 

There are 5 different nucleotides, and each is comprised of a base, a sugar and a phosphate group. The 5 nucleotides fall into two groups; Pyrimidines (Cytidine ‘C’, Thymidine ‘T’, Uridine ‘U’), and Purines (Guanosine ‘G’, Adenosine ‘A’).

 

 

What do nucleotides do?

Nucleotides are important for many biological functions, including their role as the building blocks of DNA and RNA.

 

 

DNA, which you may already be aware of, contains all the genetic information that determines the structure, function and behaviour of each cell in the body. DNA is a double-stranded molecule held together by weak bonds between base pairs of specific nucleotides (see diagram above).

 

RNA is a single-stranded molecule concerned with protein synthesis, and like DNA is found in all living cells.

 

 

Why are nucleotides so important?

The body has an on-going demand for new cell production. Adults must create new cells at a rate at least sufficient to replace the cells that die.

 

To do this the cell and its DNA divides to form two new cells. This cell proliferation is a lengthy and complicated process, dependant on energy and the supply of all five specific nucleotide building blocks to build the DNA and the RNA molecules in the new cells.

 

 

How does my body make these nucleotides?

The body can make them itself or salvage them from dying cells, whilst certain types of cells require supplementary nucleotides provided in a person’s diet.

 

 

Dietary nucleotides are essential for which types of cells?

  • Gut lining cells
  • ‘Good’ gut bacteria
  • Immune cells
  • Red blood cells

 

The body has a great demand for a rapid turnover of all these types of cells. Many factors, including our lifestyles, state of health, and stress levels will determine how rapidly our body requires these new cells to be produced to keep it healthy and the associated biological processes working efficiently.

 

For further information about nucleotides, in relation to diet and nutrition, visit the Nutri-tide™ FAQs section of our web site.

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