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Pearls for Quality, Quantity of Life

From eNewsletter 7/28/2021

DID YOU KNOW that on the heels of our call to action last week about nobody discussing the role of diet and lifestyle habits to curb the pandemic, one Oxford researcher stepped up and called out the medical community, hospitals in particular, for their lack of tackling another pandemic, sugar consumption?

In a commentary published last week in the esteemed Journal of the Endocrine Society, Anuraag Vazirani discussed not only the detrimental effect sugar has on contracting and worsening COVID-19 infection, but the scarcity of health professionals focusing on tackling overweight and obesity, the number one comorbidity for severe COVID-19 illness and death.

Here's his entire commentary.


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  • Pearls for Quantity, Quality of Life

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PEARLS FOR QUALITY, QUANTITY OF LIFE

Steve and Bonnie: The following is a culmination of copious research to find the most effective natural therapies to slow down, and in some cases reverse, aging so we can have not just quantity, but quality of life. Do not hesitate to contact Steve with questions.

Researchers have found that people who live beyond 105 years tend to have a unique genetic background that makes their bodies more efficient at repairing DNA, according to a study in eLife. Mainly, they have amazing crosstalk between the cell nucleus and mitochondria, the energy-production factories in our cells whose dysfunction is a key factor in aging.

Quantity of life is not as desirable if quality of life does not accompany it. A study in Age and Ageing found among those 60 years of age and older, the desire to live into advanced ages was significantly reduced by hypothetical adverse life scenarios with the strongest effect caused by dementia and chronic pain.

Most of us are not blessed with the unique genetics that allow us to do whatever we want and still have optimal quality of life. However, we can tell our cells and mitochondria to act in a positive fashion, but it requires time and investment.

Cell Senescence

Cell senescence is a fail-safe mechanism we’ve inherited from ancestry for millions of years in evolution. A cell has a certain amount of ability to reproduce itself over a lifetime. And then at some point in time, that cell reaches its end of life. It’s really driven by telomere length (DNA at the end of our chromosomes). The idea is to try to prevent cellular senescence through telomere activation and mitigating mitochondrial damage.

About 70% of your telomere length is inherited. Poor diet and lifestyle choices, inactivity, and frequent pathogen exposure can further accelerate telomere shortening. But it is not all doom and gloom. Research now shows it is never too late to apply telomere and mitochondrial activators to slow down, and even reverse, aging.

Oral Telomere, Mitochondrial Activators

*do not self-prescribe - this is for informational purposes only;

Diet

Mediterranean Diet or Intermittent Fasting

Exercise

It's pretty simple. Exercise creates mitochondria. The more mitochondria, the more energy. More energy indicates longer telomeres.

Fruit and Vegetables

A study in Nutrients found that when the 75th percentile of fruit and vegetable intake was compared to the 25th in a random US sample size, the difference was 4.4 years of cellular aging via longer telomeres.

Glucosamine/Chondroitin

A study from Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine reports glucosamine/chondroitin supplements may actually reduce one’s risk of all-cause mortality, just as much as a regular exercise routine. Even after accounting for various other factors (age, sex, smoking habits, exercise levels), taking glucosamine/chondroitin on a daily basis for at least a full year was linked to a 39 percent drop in all-cause mortality.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

A new study from Aging indicates that hyperbaric oxygen treatments can stop the aging of blood cells and reverse the aging process. In the biological sense, the adults' blood cells actually grow younger as the treatments progress. The treatments reversed two major processes associated with aging and its illnesses: the shortening of telomeres and the accumulation of old and malfunctioning cells in the body. The study found a lengthening of up to 38% of the telomeres, as well as a decrease of up to 37% in the presence of senescent cells.

Nicotinamide Riboside (special vitamin B3 source)

Recent studies continue to reveal potential benefits for nicotinamide riboside (NR) for supporting cellular energy production and metabolism throughout the body. A study in Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews specifically lauds NR for its prevention of brain aging.

In a report published in EMBO Journal, researchers at the National Institutes of Health found administration of nicotinamide riboside to cells decreased telomere damage and defects in the synthesis of mitochondria.

Quercetin

This polyphenol more than any other is associated with mitochondrial health and telomere length, as evidenced in numerous studies, including a recent one from Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology.

Resveratrol

A review in Molecules states that resveratrol increases lifespan by regulating oxidative stress, energy metabolism through mitochondria support, nutrient sensing, and epigenetics.

Urolithin A

Urolithin A is the main metabolite of ellagitannin-rich foods, such as pomegranates, black raspberries, raspberries, strawberries, walnuts and almonds. These polyphenol components are not absorbed intact into the bloodstream, but are hydrolyzed to ellagic acid in the gut, which is then metabolized by the gut microflora to form urolithin A.

Research indicates that the ability to synthesize urolithins declines with age and depends on the gut microflora, and there is a small percentage of the population that is unable to perform this conversion at all.

Research indicates that urolithin A enhances autophagy, the natural process of cellular renewal in which the body degrades and recycles cellular components, as well as mitophagy, the clearance and recycling of older and dysfunctional mitochondria. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in Nature Neuroscience involving healthy sedentary elderly subjects indicated that supplementation with urolithin A promoted mitochondrial gene expression in the muscle and fatty acid oxidation efficacy, showing support for mitochondrial biogenesis and function.

Coenzyme Q10

CoQ10 is one of the earliest known mitochondria supporters, when scientists discovered that it prevented statin medication-related mitochondrial destruction.

Conclusion

Over the next decade, oral telomere and mitochondria activators will become part of the medical lexicon. If you want to take advantage of them now, we suggest you discuss it with your health professional.


*COVID-19 is more than anything a mitochondrial disease. In those with Post-COVID Syndrome especially, mitochondria is devastated, and thus, telomeres are shortened. Our initial focus for Post-COVID recovery is restoring mitochondria.