When it comes to aging, do you think you have the most in common with a monkey, an amoeba, or a common bread ingredient?
Believe it or not, the aging process in humans is remarkably similar to that of yeast.
This is great news because it gives researchers a plethora of opportunities to both study it and try to figure out how to interrupt the aging process.
Researchers at Concordia University and Idunn Technologies think they may have done just that. They published their findings in the journal Oncotarget, explaining how six different plant extracts can help interrupt the signaling pathways that drive the aging process.
These signaling pathways occur as cascades: one has to trigger the next. However, some signaling pathways can trigger aging, while others can delay it. So knowing how to turn these pathways off and on can significantly affect the pace at which our bodies age, regardless of what our birth certificates say.
However, this requires using the plant extracts pretty precisely in order for them to be effective in slowing down disease and age progression. And the researchers aren't yet entirely sure how all of them work. The six extracts are Cimicifuga racemosa (black cohosh), Valeriana officinalis L. (valerian root), Passiflora incarnata L. (purple passionflower), Ginkgo biloba, Apium graveolens L. (celery), and Salix alba (white willow bark). They've found that the most potent of the extracts seems to be white willow bark.
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I like white willow bark. It can be a good anti-inflammatory, and it's a good substitute for aspirin. It works so well, I used it as part of my Ultimate Knee Relief formulation. It will also stimulate your mitochondria, the powerhouses of your cells.
And it's in your mitochondria where the true anti-aging secrets of your body reside. In fact, I don't think you need to worry about trying to mix and match the right plant enzymes to turn signaling cascades on and off at precise times. If you want to feel your best as you get older, you just need to make sure your mitochondria are functioning optimally.
Mitochondria are responsible for producing energy in your cells. And you don't need me to tell you that the more efficiently and effectively you produce energy, the better you'll feel. In fact, all degenerative diseases and signs of aging can be linked to a decline in energy production.
Fortunately, there's a way to measure how well your mitochondria are functioning — and steps you can take if the results aren't what you hoped. Through a process I developed called Bio-Energy Testing, you can determine your resting and maximal mitochondrial efficiency as well as your resting and maximal fat metabolism. The greater the discrepancy between the numbers, the more room you have for improvement when it comes to how you're aging. Doctors trained in Bio-Energy Testing can help you figure out how to get your actual numbers much closer to your potential, helping you feel better and slow signs of aging.
Many of my patients have had tremendous results by utilizing the results of Bio-Energy Testing to guide their lifestyle choices. To learn more and find a doctor near you who offers this test, you can visit https://www.antiagingmedicine.com/treatments/bio-energy-testing.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD