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May 23, 2010

The Five G’s for Ageing Well.

May 22, 2010

The Five G’s for ageing well.

Those seeking viable  “remedies” to age well by altering consumption of specific foods to increase their antioxidant free radical scavenging capacity (ORAC), are off to a good start. But that is basic old school of antiageing news, especially to those who have been experimenting with the scientific fountain of youthful ageing. The latest meaningful antiageing news addresses the dietary effect of nutrition on your genes. Nutriogenomics.

1) Genomics: The growing field of nutriogenomics entails selectively picking what you eat to turn on the genes expressing the antiageing capabilities of your genetic makeup. Foods grown organically are different. They are natural. Genetically modified organisms (GMO) foods are altered and have not been tested on humans but causes sterility in hamsters. Consider that food labels do not require GMO facts. When you go shopping for food, if it does not say organic or non-gmo on the label, that food may very well be genetically modified.

The latest genetic antiageing product I have located is TA-65, a telemerase activase.  The product is a specific concentrated extract of the astralgus plant. Consider the science of TA-65, to protect and slow the ageing process by selectively decreasing the rate of degradation of the human telomere, the antiageing gene.

2) Ginger:   In Ayurveda, ginger is portrayed as vishwabhesaj, or “universal medicine.” The essential oil of ginger, for example, is a wonderful remedy for headaches and migraines. The Chinese have used it traditionally for male balding and as an aphrodisiac. A recent study describes using the essential oil of ginger as a method for tapering off antidepressant medications. The mechanism of action may be due in part to the serotonin neurotransmitterreceptor strengths of the sesquiterpenes found in oil of ginger.

Carbon dioxide distilled oil of ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe, Zingiberaceae) contains potent phytomolecules, as [6]-gingerol and [6]-paradol, which also have antitumor promotional and antiproliferative effects of abnormally dividing cells. Specifically, the transdermal application and nasal inhalation of vapors of 10% CO2 extracted essential oil of ginger Zingiber officinale can be a safe and effective addition to the medical management for the prevention and treatment of complications of nausea and vomiting associated with general anesthesia.

3) Green Tea: The wellness properties provided by the major antioxidative polyphenols and epigallocatechin-gallate (EGCG). The epigallocatechin gallate, a major antioxidative green tea polyphenol, exerts striking inhibitory effects on diverse cellular events associated with multistage carcinogenesis. In addition, these phytomolecules have the ability to suppress proliferation.

4) Ginseng: This all healing panacea, Panax, ginseng is an awesome adaptogen, raising the quality of life by increasing bodily ability to cope with stress. Source of supply of this adaptogen matters because American ginseng is Yin keynoting circulation. Eastern ginseng keynotes Yang effects. Take your Ginseng  in the morning to create a less stressful and energized day.

5) Ginkgo: An is herbal supplement with mixed efficacy findings. Recently, the United States Institute of Medicine has determined a link between Agent Orange and hypertension, and has recommended that the VA cover hypertension as well as the current list of diseases caused by the toxin. The Federal Govt. determines disability through the VA system, using a “means test” for exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam which has to meet the standard of “at least as likely as not” in order to be considered the cause of physical disability.

This means testing phrase appeals to me but not the FDA, as a means of evaluating experimental studies of supplements. Rather than casting aside many supplements for not providing big pharma designed statistically significant results, perhaps a more reasonable method of analysis could be that supplements, like Ginkgo, are “at least as likely as not” the reason for improved health and ageing benefits.

Your ageing decision tree: you study this Input, you work the Process, you make your Decisions and hopefully your Result in this experiment will be that, over time, you will look and feel younger than your actual age.

Wellness wins over the long haul. AKEA

James Geiger MD
Chief Wellness Officer of
Promoting Wellness through nature since 2004

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