Health strategies using the science of aging
May 7, 2012 | 12:00 pm
(Updated: June 15, 2012 | 12:43 am)
Is it really possible to live longer, look younger and feel better? Science is telling us that this is not only possible, but it is already happening.
What causes us to look and feel old? Our bodies are made up of trillions of cells that deteriorate over time. It is this deterioration that causes us to look and feel older.
Currently our average lifespan is 78 years. However, biologically we have the potential of living much longer. Scientists estimate that, based on our biology, we are potentially able to live at least 120 years.
Why then is our life cut short at middle age? Statistically, our current average lifespan is cut short because of disease and disability, but it is much more under our control than what we have previously thought. New research has clarified what determines the lifespan of a cell and how it can be modified to bring out more of our biological potential.
Most people are not aware of the stunning implications of the scientific research that led to a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009. The research revealed that our bodies naturally produce a specific enzyme that helps repair and protect the deterioration of our cells. Three researchers were awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery of how the genes and chromosomes are protected from pre-mature deterioration by what are known as telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.
What are telomeres? Telomeres are like the plastic caps at the end of shoe laces that prevent the shoe lace from coming unraveled. In a similar way, telomeres lie at both ends of every chromosome in our bodies. Chromosomes are threadlike structures of DNA found in the nucleus our cells. These telomeres are responsible for protecting the ends of chromosomes and help prevent them from coming unraveled and pre-maturely deteriorating.
So what then causes the erosion and shortening of the telomeres causing a cell to prematurely deteriorate? Some of the main causes of cell deterioration are exposure to toxins in our environment, emotional stress and the influence of highly-processed foods we consume. Now, researchers have taken it one step further, showing that interventions to reduce stress and improve quality of life can rejuvenate those shortened telomeres.
In a research study conducted at Harvard University, it was concluded that supporting the length of telomeres by promoting the activity of telomerase, we can create healthy life-extension and significantly reduce the life-shortening process of pre-mature cell deterioration and organ degeneration.
In addition to healthy lifestyle and stress relief, another significant line of defense has focused on the ability of certain natural ingredients to promote the production of telomerase within the cells and thereby affecting the aging process so that we can look and feel younger, as we live longer. It is the active ingredients in a certain Chinese root Astragalus and the Indian herb Bacopa that have been found to support healthy telomeres. The processing of these roots and plants is extremely challenging since it takes a huge amount of the raw material to provide even a very small amount of the active ingredient to produce results.
Tom Mower, Sr., is the founder and Chief Science Officer of Sisel International. Sisel International is an industry leader in the production of nutraceuticals. They research the research, and bring to market products that help bridge the gap between nature and science.
Mower will be in Denver speaking at a regional event, Saturday May 12 on the topics of anti-aging and age-reversal technologies.
When: Meet and greet: 8:30 a.m., Program: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., May 12
Where: Success Center, 5554 S. Prince St., Littleton, 80120
For ticket information, please contact John McDonald at 303-746-9431 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. On the Web at http://siselcolorado.com.