This question has obsessed countless researchers, and ordinary folk, for millennia. We all know what aging means in real-world terms; less resilience, longer recovery time, wrinkles, reading glasses, and the anticipation of the many maladies we associated with getting older.
But what can we do about it? Is it really possible to alter this seemingly inexorable process that leaves its mark on virtually every aspect of our life?
Surprisingly, as I point out in my book Growing Young: A Doctor’s Guide to The New Anti-Aging, I believe that the answer is a resounding “yes.” In my article about mitochondrial function you can read more about the powerful mechanism that power all the activities in our cells and are important to the pace at which we age.
There is a veritable mountain of data saying so. Countless studies now affirm that the rate of aging can be altered, both favorably, and unfavorably, by things that we can easily choose to do, and things we choose not to do.
This recent science affirms that the things we choose to put into our bodies, and the activities we participate in or avoid can literally program our cells for slower or faster aging.
What about nutritional supplements? Some, but not all nutraceuticals are supported by evidence showing that they can alter cell function in beneficial ways, and make old cells behave like youthful ones.
I want to take a close look at the evidence for a few, very important nutraceuticals. In a series of blog posts i explore the importance of “synergy,” how it applies to maintaining peak cell function, and optimizing the way we age.
For example, we will look at exciting science that shows us how to harness the cell restoring effects of “caloric restriction,” but without having to starve ourselves. It turns out, plant-derived compounds can do the same thing, very effectively.* And that is just one of the pathways we will consider for improving our own cell function. There are many more.
Look for a new article each week on some very powerful nutraceutical substances. We will look at how they work, the data backing up their safety and efficacy, and the reasons I consider them to be central in our quest to live our best life, no matter the age.
Marcus Gitterle, MD
* I. Pavlović, S. Khateb, I, Milisav, J. Mahajna, Nutraceuticals for Promoting Longevity, Current Nutraceuticals, 2020, 1, 18-32
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