A newly discovered antioxidant promises to improve quality of life in the second half of the human lifespan.
Breakthroughs in longevity science are happening with increasing frequency.
History, however, has shown that significant scientific advances are often met with skepticism.
Such is the case for Russian professor and biochemist Vladimir Skulachev, as he closes-in on a cure for one of the main factors of aging: oxidative stress.
Though his claims are lofty, he asserts that there is an antioxidant compound that can substantially extend the average human lifespan.
His efforts over the past forty years lend credibility to his claims.
Antioxidant in Superfoods Might Help You Live Better
As head of the bioenergetics department at Moscow State University, Professor Skulachev published numerous papers contributing to our collective understanding of the aging process.
More recently he has studied a particular antioxidant substance, SKQ1, and shown that it functions at a sub-cellular level to reduce harmful oxidative effects.
If successful, his current work on a cure for aging would truly be the culmination of a lifetime of study and research.
Skulachev’s new anti-aging compound has already undergone substantial animal testing and is now in the first stages of clinical trial on humans.
He reports that he has successfully tested the anti-aging compound on himself and hopes to make it available to the public within the next two years.
This new antioxidant therapy does not claim to extend the maximum human lifespan. However, it does promise to help more of us live active lives, longer.
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The 18 Controllable Causes of Age-Related Disease
SKQ1 is an intriguing future supplement that addresses oxidative stress. It’s important to realize, however, that oxidative stress is just one factor-of-aging.
There are 18 controllable causes of age-related disease.
The good news is that an anti-inflammatory diet – consistently consumed – and an intelligent exercise regimen – done habitually – go a long way in helping to counteract aging.
There is a strategic sequence to self-care.
If you want to lengthen your healthspan – that is, the number of years within your lifespan in which you enjoy robust, vibrant health – then go take care of your daily diet, sleep patterns, and exercise first.
Once you’re bringing your A-game to your daily diet, sleep, and exercise habits, then you might choose to take your longevity strategy still further.
For this, I suggest you create your own personal wellness team.
Consult with your healthy-aging medical doctor, your nutritionist, naturopath, and whomever else you respect who can support you on your journey to extreme health.
Consider finding an accountability partner so that you can encourage each other during the pursuit of goals.
…if you want to go deeper than making just a few changes and you want to dive into a more advanced age-reversing program, [then create] a plan to counterattack the eighteen most common things that age us” – Suzanne Somers
Suzanne Somer’s book, Bombshell, reveals recent medical breakthroughs that are redefining aging.
Together, Somers and Life Extension Foundation (LEF) have outlined the latest solutions for the 18 aging factors. Keep in mind that emotional stress accelerates each of these:
- Chronic Inflammation
- Mitochondrial Dysfunction
- Hormone Imbalance
- Excess Calcification
- Digestive Enzyme Deficit
- Fatty Acid Imbalance
- DNA Mutation
- Immune Dysfunction
- Enzyme Imbalance
- Loss of Mitochondria
- Circulatory Deficit
- Loss of Youthful Gene Expression
- Loss of Insulin Sensitivity
- Loss of Bone Density
- Oxidative Stress
Remember, each of the above aging factors has a solution, and that makes these exciting times in longevity science.
Flavonoids are a large class of plant pigments that seem to have a particular structure that the human body enjoys and responds to positively.
Another rare flavonoid has been recently identified that also might be able to help you stay younger longer and increase your overall vitality.
Rare Plant Pigment Provides Healing and Slows Aging
Many people who take flavonoids regularly in various supplement forms have endorsed them for their restorative impact.
The flavonoid fisetin has longevity researchers feeling especially enthusiastic lately.
Fisten is naturally occurring in strawberry, mango, and some trees. Nevertheless, it is somewhat rare.
Research Reveals Antioxidant Fisetin Improves Vitality
Could fisetin really be the newest longevity supplement that helps people to live longer and have more energy?
Here are the perceived benefits of this promising anti-aging nutrient:
- enables and encourages many of our bodies’ own cellular maintenance and repair systems
- only known polyphenol to encourage certain antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic mechanisms in our bodies
- protects sub-cellular systems like mitochondria, proteasomes, and lysosomes
- reduces inflammation
Many of the benefits of fisetin consumption mirror the benefits of a “Caloric Restriction regimen.” This process is thought to increase lifespan by lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, and fasting glucose levels. The idea is to keep daily caloric intake within a certain window.
When was the last time you ate mango, with the naturally occurring fisetin antioxidant?
Seaweed Contributes to Japanese Longevity
“Food is medicine.” So say the Japanese, whose culture has a much lower incidence of age-related diseases than their Western counterparts.
Historically, the Japanese diet has generally been rich in fish, fruits, and veggies. But there is one staple of the Japanese diet that really stands out: daily consumption of seaweed.
Could seaweed help us to improve our nutrition in the west, by filling in something important that has been missing from our diet?
Nutrition within Seaweed Contributes to Longer Life
This is yet another superfood that is proving to help humans live longer and better lives. Seaweed is quickly becoming known as one of these longevity foods.
Our ancestors waded in coastal waters and ate seaweed and sea vegetables rich in iodine and dense concentrations of minerals – an adaptation that gave us a competitive advantage to survive and grow larger, more complex brains. Today, we need to eat more vegetables from the sea, packing our diets even more full of [naturally occurring] vitamins and antioxidants.” – Terry Wahls, MD
Certain seaweed species contain high concentrations of fucoidans.
Fucoidans are molecules which have been a strong focus of age research for the past decade-plus. The strongest pro-fucoidan evidence comes from a species of brown seaweed known as Undaria pinnatifida.Seaweed is one secret to Japanese longevity. Can seaweed fill a nutrition gap in the West?Click To Tweet
There are many varieties of fucoidan-rich seaweed in the Japanese diet:
- wakame (Undaria pinnatifida)
In the modern Japanese culture, the average person eat 4-6 grams of seaweed per day. It seems that could be a huge piece of the puzzle missing from Western nutrition.
researchers believe that the shorter life and health spans observed in Western populations result in part from the near total absence of dietary fucoidans”
This is most obvious when researchers look at the Okinawan diet. Okinawa has long been known for its large population of centenarians.
Longevity Science looks closely at cultures that are enjoying a long life, high energy, great health, and a better quality of life to determine which of the lifestyle habits can be replicated to in order to help others live their best lives, too.
An added benefit of this dietary algae is that it exerts anti-tumor activity (possibly through enhancing the immune response), so that means that it could be a food or supplement that helps to prevent cancer.
Seaweed also helps prevent iodine deficiency and helps protect the body from environmental radiation.
Bridging the Nutrition Gap
Whether we eat more:
- wakame salad
- roast seaweed chips…
…or, just throw a bit of organic, unpolluted seaweed into our green smoothies, fucoidans appear to be something we should seriously consider implementing into our diets. One can also get fucoidan brown seaweed extract in supplement form (which is what I take).
The Power of Seaweed
Studies show that fucoidans hold promise in areas such as:
- therapeutic intervention for humans exposed to dioxin (this includes most of us, considering that dioxin is now found in every mothers’ breast milk)
- enhancing the immune system
- prevention of certain infectious diseases (malaria, herpes)
- blocking cancer cells from spreading (and even triggering their early death)
- healing and tissue regeneration
- relieving arthritis pain
- combating cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome
Beneficial effects of fucoidans are reportedly found in the range of 75-300 mg daily.
Average Human Lifespan by Country – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy
Oxidative Effects – http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-oxidation.htm
Are All Longevity Claims Legitimate? – http://singularityhub.com/2010/09/21/did-a-russian-scientist-really-cure-aging-or-is-it-just-a-fluke-video/
Blood Sugar and Exercise – https://plus.google.com/114722508362900147006/posts/4CRMEDHPB1R
You Are Eating More Calories Than You Think – http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2010/jul2010_You-Are-Eating-More-Calories-Than-You-Think_01.htm
Okinawans Live Longer – http://www.okinawa-diet.com/okinawa_diet/okinawa_diet_food_pyramid.html
Japanese Longevity – http://healthland.time.com/2011/09/05/japanese-longevity-—-how-long-will-it-last/
Fucoidans – http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2011/may2011_The-Little-Known-Longevity-Factor-in-the-Japanese-Diet_01.htm
Natural Solutions to Hypertension – http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2011/abstracts/may2011_SHBG-Fucoidan-Aspirin-Hypertension_02.htm
Seaweed Variation – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wakame