Put the freeze on Father Time with this fatty acid

They say you can’t stop aging. And I say maybe that’s true — but you certainly can slow it down.

Cutting-edge research has found what just may be the fountain of youth for some of the most critical cells in the body — and the best news of all is that you may already be getting the life-extending benefits right now if you’re taking fish oil.

And if you’re not, you might want to get started. (more…)

Dr. Roizen: 6 Signs You’ll Live to 100 Read more: Dr. Roizen: 6 Signs You’ll Live to 100

With Americans living longer than ever before, reaching 100 is no longer a rarity. Still, less than 1 percent of us live to be a century old. While it’s true that a lot about longevity is handed down in genetics, there are ways to help put the odds in your favor, says nationally renowned doctor Michael Roizen, M.D.

“As a doctor, I find that there are certain signs that indicate to me that a patient is going to have a very long life,” says Dr. Roizen, chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and a bestselling author who serves as medical advisor to “Beautiful Minds: Finding Your Lifelong Potential,” a national health campaign. Here are signs that Dr. Roizen say indicate you may have an unusually long life span:

1. You lack certain signs of aging. (more…)

Breaking Study Is The First To Show Link Between Being Present In The Moment And Ageless DNA

Scientific studies have suggested that a mind that is present and in the moment indicates well-being, whereas shifting our energy to the past or future can lead to unhappiness. Now, a preliminary UCSF study shows a link between mind wandering and aging, by looking at a biological measure of longevity within our DNA.

In the study, telomere length, an emerging biomarker for cellular and general bodily aging, was assessed in association with the tendency to be present in the moment versus the tendency to mind wander, in research on 239 healthy, midlife women ranging in age from 50 to 65 years.

Being present in the moment was defined as an inclination to be focused on current tasks, while mind wandering was defined as the inclination to have thoughts about things other than the present or being elsewhere. (more…)

The One-Shot Cure: Consistent Exercise

Those searching for the key to health and longevity need look no further.  Scientists now conclude that regular physical activity1 prevents multiple diseases that plague our society as well as being a proven path to the Fountain of Youth.

The new study is a comprehensive review of 40 scientific papers published between 2006 – 2010.  Risks for several dozen diseases were reduced, including coronary heart disease, stroke, various cancers, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, depression, dementia, obesity and high blood pressure.  On the positive side, consistent exercise improves quality of life and facilitates anti-aging gene function.  Benefit is seen with 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.

“Physical inactivity results in widespread pathophysiological changes to our bodies. It appears that our bodies have evolved to function optimally on a certain level of physically activity that many of us simply do not achieve in our modern, sedentary lifestyles.  Study author, Leslie Alford from the University of East Anglia states,  “What is clear from the research is that men and women of all ages should be encouraged to be more physically active for the sake of their long-term health.”

Referenced Studies:

  1. ^Exercise and Health  International Journal of Clinical Practice  L. Alford.

Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Carnosine, Still the Best for Anti-Aging

Sometimes people seem obsessed with finding the “next” best thing and forget the tried and true. When it comes to supplements, this translates as chasing down the next açaí berry, while abandoning the “older” supplements that really work. This is not hypothetical, but can easily be tracked in the sales of different supplements and in the questions that companies receive, such as: “Why aren’t you using ingredient X in your antioxidant formula?” In the world of natural anti-aging solutions, carnosine is one such ingredient. It was almost 10 years ago that I first started playing with carnosine as an “anti-aging” ingredient and incorporating it in formulas. At that time, the ingredient was almost unknown in the U.S. and Europe, with almost all the research being done in Russia and Australia. Pretty much the only major people incorporating it in formulas at that time were myself and the Life Extension Foundation.

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Vitamin B6 deficit promotes inflammation, heart disease and cognitive declin

As cardiovascular disease continues to take the lives of millions of unsuspecting individuals worldwide, a continual stream of scientific evidence is emerging to show that many who suffer from this illness could be spared by relatively simple dietary and lifestyle interventions. Prior studies have shown that low vitamin B6 (pyridoxal-5-phosphate (PLP)) status are the root cause behind most inflammatory diseases, including cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and diabetes and new research indicates that vitamin B6 and B12 deficiencies are linked to cognitive decline and depression. (more…)

Tart Cherries Have The Highest Anti-Inflammatory Potential of Any Food – Comparable To Well-Known Pain Medications

Tart cherries have powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. According to new research from Oregon Health & Science University presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Conference (ACSM) in San Francisco, tart cherries have the “highest anti-inflammatory content of any food” and can help people with arthritis manage their disease long-term without pain medications.

Michigan researchers had previously shown that a cherry-enriched diet not only reduced overall body inflammation, but also reduced inflammation at key sites (belly fat, heart) known to affect heart disease risk in the obese. (more…)

Medications Most Likely to Send You to the Hospital

Just because you take a medication regularly doesn’t mean it is safe.  Routinely prescribed and even over-the-counter drugs that many people take daily can send them to the hospital with potentially dire consequences, if any mistakes are made with dosage or timing.  Interestingly, it seems that just a few drugs are responsible for the vast majority of emergency hospitalizations for adverse reactions. (more…)

Hospital Stays Trigger Cognitive Decline

There are so many unfortunate things that can happen during a hospital stay, accidental death being chief among them. It’s bad enough that you have some condition that’s sending you to the hospital in the first place, but piled on top of that, if you follow this blog, you know that medical error ranks third as a cause of mortality in the US — which makes any hospital stay doubly frightening. A 2010 report revealed that one out of every seven patients admitted to a hospital in the US suffers harm at the hands of the medical staff. As if that’s not enough to worry about, a new study reveals yet another frightening possibility: that a hospital stay might incur significant cognitive decline — merely because you were in the hospital.1 (more…)