Has anti-aging science made a quantum leap ?
by Dr. Alan Kadish NMD
Cal Tech and UCLA researchers have found a way to tweak the cellular engines, the mitochondria in our cells. The breakthrough is essentially an up-regulated garbage cleaning of junk that accumulates as we age. The result is a literally “younger” cell.
Before you get too excited I need to disclose the work has been done in fruit flys. Hold it…..keep reading….. The findings clearly apply to all of us as they are finding that small signaling molecules can be produced via some changes to our DNA, enhancing our function on a cellular level. This means that in our cells the energy-creating process can now become much more akin to where we started as a youngster, vs the accumulation of damaged and less functional energy units, that happen with age and exposures.
Keep in mind that we know of a number of disorders that are experiencing this junk accumulation, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and sarcopenia an age-related muscle loss disease and other inherited defects in the mitochondria are linked to a number of conditions found in children, including autism.
When damaged and trash accumulates in our mitochondria our bodies, at some point know it’s time to call it quits and remove the whole cell as opposed to removing the junk and keeping the cell in good order.
Big deal, you bet. If the research translates to our cellular integrity similar to that of the fruit fly we can expect a number of breakthroughs in many disorders and literally recharge our cells batteries. When will this occur, well not for a few years but with the current pace of medicine we can see the light. There is the obvious interest in the “drug” approach, however with this new information, I’m certain that there will also be a quest for natural, lifestyle modifications, before taking an experimental medication.
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Researchers Discover Fountain of Youth
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