Anti Aging ProductsBy
The science of anti aging has made remarkable progress in the last decade. What once seemed to be a an unachievable goal is now within our grasp. The fountain of youth is no fountain, it’s science! Anti aging products are starting to appear all over, but like everything else, some are good and some worthless. So it helps to be aware of the science behind these products.
Probably the biggest discovery was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase. Researchers Elizabeth H. Blackburn – University of California, Carol W. Greider – Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Jack W. Szostak – Harvard Medical School, split the award 3 ways. The telomerase enzyme stops the eroding at the ends of chromosomes that happens at every cell division, effectively stopping the aging process. The cells become immortalized!
The main telomerase activator is a molecule called TA-65. TA-65 is derived from the Chinese herb Astragalus. You can’t just take the herb, it has to be concentrated so much, you could not possibly take that much of it to get the amount of TA-65 needed for telomerase activation. That is why TA-65 is expensive and hard to come by at this point in time. Like everything else, prices should come down as technology and possible other sources of TA-65 are found. This is cutting edge as it not only stops the erosion of the chomosomes, it actually extends them! This is what appears to be true life extension.
Not only does this process of gene activation add years of life, it adds quality healthy years. People with longer telomeres have less heart disease, stronger immune function and heal and repair much faster than those that don’t. There are other ways and supplements to affect gene expression, just not as powerful as TA-65.
Resveratrol is another product we hear a lot about and for good reason. Resveratrol explains “the French paradox” – how a society that consumes a diet high in fat and calories remains slender. It has to do with their drinking of red wine at meals. Red wine contains resveratrol from the skins of grapes. This creates the same effect as caloric restriction which has been shown to extend lifespans. It does this by activating a family of genes called sirtuins. Sirtuins signal the body to put the brakes on aging to allow the body to repair it’s DNA – a stress response. Sirtuin 1 or SIRT1 gene increases metabolism and energy production.
Resveratrol acts as a potent antioxidant by binding to free radicals that damage every cells DNA. Also has cardiovascular benefits, mitochondrial energy production, glucose metabolism (blood sugar), cancer prevention, reduced amyloid plaques in Alzheimer patients and motor coordination and balance. Resveratrol is found in grapes, blueberries and cranberries but not in quantities required to create an anti-aging effect. That’s where potent, absorbable resveratrol supplements come in.
There are other anti aging products and systems out there (stress relief through various methods contributes to slowing the aging process). I will be adding a list of anti aging skin, anti aging cream, serums, moisturizers, anything anti age.