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Harvard Discovery May Hold the Key to Aging

Harvard Discovery May Hold the Key to Aging

A few years ago, a team at Harvard University showed that resveratrol can slow – or even reverse – some of the effects of aging. Resveratrol activates the SIRT1 gene, which has powerful anti-aging effects.

Now a team from the same lab has joined with the National Institute on Aging and the University of New South Wales to produce another anti-aging breakthrough. And I think this one may be a game-changer.

Why a game-changer? Because they’ve uncovered a new cause of aging… and found a way to reverse it.

The process is pretty complex, but here it is in a nutshell…

Your DNA is a unique set of “instructions” that not only determines who you are, but also controls many functions in your body. You probably already know this.

But here’s something you might not know. The tiny “power plants” inside your cells – called “mitochondria” – have their own unique collection of DNA. It’s sort of a “mini-genome.”

And here’s where the Harvard-led team made their first breakthrough.

They discovered that, as long as these two genomes communicate well, your cells chug along just fine. But when that communication starts to break down, your cells start showing signs of age.

Good communication between your two sets of genetic information depends on SIRT1 doing its job. This gene keeps a molecule – called HIF-1 – from breaking down communications between the two genomes.

As we get older, SIRT1 begins to lose this blocking ability. And it’s because of a process that starts with a chemical called NAD.

The older we get, the less NAD we produce. The less NAD we produce, the less effective SIRT1 becomes. And that allows HIF-1 to mess up communication between your cell’s nuclei and the mitochondria. The result is what we call the signs of aging.

And here’s where their big breakthrough comes in.

The team found a compound that cells turn into NAD. They tested the compound on old mice and found it works. When the mice made more NAD, SIRT1 went back to work… the talk between genomes went back to normal… and the mice’s mitochondria began acting like those found in much younger mice. And the changes in the animals’ muscles were equivalent to a 60-year-old person developing muscles that functioned like a 20-year-old’s!

And here’s the kicker: The anti-aging effect took just days.

The lab team has a lot of work to do. And this process will still have to be tested on humans. But it’s very promising. And I’ll keep you updated when I hear of new developments.

In the meantime, you can still use the Harvard lab’s earlier discovery to fight the effects of aging. As a nutritional supplement, resveratrol is still one of the most powerful anti-aging secrets around.

Yours in continued good health,

Best Life Herbals Wellness Team

Cameron, D., “A New – and Reversible – Cause of Aging,” Harvard University. Dec 19, 2013.

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