Can We Put the Brakes on Aging?

Aging is often confused with mortality, and although death is certainly inevitable, aging is much more under our control than we realize.

There is no dispute that death is inevitable. There is, however, currently a vehement disagreement in the circles of science which study human longevity. The dispute? That there might be no natural limit to how long humans can live.   

Recently, researchers in Rome studying Supercentenarians discovered the probability that death levels-off once a person passes the age of 105, give or take a year. Essentially the findings infer persons of an advanced age mesa in their likelihood of imminent death, creating a sort of “mortality plateau.”  Their conclusion? If there is a plateau to human mortality, as described by Jean-Marie Robine, a demographer at the French Institute of Health and Medical Research in Montpellier, “there is no limit to human longevity.”

Other scientists have aggressively disagreed the mortality plateau does actually exist, but will admit the number of people globally joining advanced age, or the 100+ club is increasing. Currently, there are over 500,000 people in the world over one hundred years of age.

The research is self-perpetuating as global populations continue to grow. As more and more people break through ‘normal’ age barriers, scientists are compelled to better understand what could be causing mortality rates to level off in such a way as to decrease the likelihood of death, sometimes by half.

Why does the body suddenly decide to plateau at the age of 105?

Currently genetics experts speculate the body’s cells must “eventually reach a point where repair mechanisms can offset further damage to keep mortality rates level.” (Siegfried Hekimi, McGill University in Montreal, Canada)

The talk of a “repair mechanism” in our cells that can fix damage in our DNA and root out disease sounds like something from a Sci-Fi movie, but longevity scientists have long-identified the co-enzyme, NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide), as just such a mechanism.

NAD+ is a critical coenzyme that helps our cells produce energy, in fact without NAD+, life would simply cease to exist. NAD+ is not just in human cells, but found in every living being.

We are born with a full supply of NAD+, but as we age stores become depleted, some by natural means and some through accelerated phenomenon.

The implication of low levels of NAD+ in our cells is dire. Typically, as we approach our fiftieth year, we are working on half our original stores, and continue to deplete to naught into the wee hours of our aging years. Cells become critically handicapped in the way they operate and ‘behave’ with one another. They are also more vulnerable to disease. Keeping NAD+ replenished is a new and important standard in supplementation and health awareness.

How do I keep my NAD+ stores high as I age?

One of the goals for longevity scientists is to uncover how NAD+ (or our cell’s crucial repair mechanisms) supplies can remain high in Supercentenarians or at least robust enough to ward off age degeneration and disease.

Adopting a lifestyle to encourage our cells to make our own NAD+ increases the likelihood of longevity, which is a good place to begin. Additionally, NMN (Nicotinamide Mononucleotide) supplementation enhances the body’s provisions quantifiably and is already becoming a stalwart in the diet after the age of forty-five.

The following 5 phenoms have been identified to greatly diminish our NAD+ life rations at an unnatural and accelerated rate. Removing or reducing them from our lives can ultimately impact our aging bodies in a positive way where NAD+ stores and ultimately cell repair is concerned.

TOP 5 life circumstances which can drain NAD+ from our cells

Exhaustion The systems of the body know the difference between normal tired, which usually happens around early evening as the inner clock winds down, and exhaustion. Not allowing our natural circadian rhythms to complete their cycle, while piling on interruption after interruption, wreaks havoc on our NAD+ supplies. Once the body’s circadian rhythm is broken, it can take years to repair and find your way back to regular sleeping patterns again.

Sleep deprivation puts stress on the body. Every system, immune, digestion, endocrine, neurological, etc., requires sleep to reboot and repair itself. Without the opportunity to rest and mend, exhaustion can take hold, stressing out our cells. A stressed cell loses NAD+ at an accelerated rate.

Food What we choose to eat has an enormous impact on our NAD+ supplies. Anything that triggers an allergic reaction, whether it’s a rash or anaphylactic shock, will cause tension on the body and as above, deplete NAD+.

Additionally, foods that are processed, contain unhealthy fats, sugar, chemicals, additives, colors, are not natural and difficult to digest. Overtime, the body tires of cleansing itself of these toxins and becomes overworked, again depleting NAD+.

Any unhealthy pattern that causes undo stress on the body will essentially draw on NAD+, bumping up the loss we would experience under normal conditions.

On the other hand, food that contains NAD+ in larger amounts like avocado, milk, green vegetables and yeast, should be eaten at every opportunity to help refill supplies. NMN (Nicotinamide Mononucleotide), the precursor enzyme to NAD+ in tablet form, additionally will supplement the diet if used regularly.

Lifestyle The way we live our lives impacts a great deal on the amount of stress we invite on our bodies. Emotional and mental anxiety, which is rife in our modern lives, has the biggest impact on our health. Extended conditions of anger, rage, sadness, worry and fear are identified as the worst emotional states that accelerate our decline in health. It should come as no surprise then that NAD+ loss is fast-tracked during the low emotional periods of our lives.

Addiction also comes into play. For instance, overuse of drugs and alcohol drain the natural reserves and compromise our health on many levels. No wonder we often say a person who abuses alcohol or drugs looks much older than their years.

Exercise Most of us understand regular exercise benefits the body in many ways. It builds muscle, creates endorphins, supports digestion, lifts mental and emotional health, among others. But what happens to the body when we are stationary most of the time?

The implications of not including exercise are vast, not the least of which is low NAD+ production rates. Not only are NAD+ stores not being regenerated, NAD+ is lost from cells at a much greater rate than in someone that engages in keeping fit.

Interestingly, too much exercise can cause a great deal of stress on the body. Studies found long distance runners, mountain climbers, and people who participate in extreme sport can have lower NAD+ stores because these humans take their capability to the far limits of their natural ability and the body interprets ultra-sports the same as any mammoth stress on the body.

The key to naturally improved NAD+ levels through exercise is moderation and balance.

Disease

Disease is perhaps a category where we have less control. However, it is noteworthy NAD+ stores are majorly compromised in the midst of disease and during periods of recovery.

Some conditions are particularly hard on our NAD+ stores and these include Neurodegenerative conditions, Parkinson’s disease, Post-traumatic stress disorder and Alzheimer’s disease. Any disorder that is degenerating too, has dire implications. Most cancers are particularly harsh in as much as the disease drains NAD+, among other vital stores that keep us well. After a cancer diagnosis the body still must endure the chemo and radio therapy process, which is particularly harsh on the body’s systems.

Once we’ve conquered disease though, replenishing NAD+, and essential vitamins and minerals becomes important during recovery.

As a race, humans will continue to seek eternal life, or at the very least be fascinated by it. If geneticists do eventually pinpoint the gene that allows us to live long past our typical life-span the question should ultimately be; How well will I, my children or my grandchildren live during those added years? Or, maybe more importantly; How well do I want to live right now?

*Article sponsored by Herbalmax Inc. a Southern California biotechnology company manufacturers of NMN (Nicotinamide Mononucleotide) Supplement, Reinvigorator. An advanced daily NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) coenzyme enhancement designed to boost cellular repair, optimize metabolism and increase energy production.

There’s No Limit to Longevity, Says Study That Revives Human Lifespan Debate

Death rates in later life flatten out and suggest there may be no fixed limit on human longevity, countering some previous work.

A recent study in Italy has found mortality rates level off at around the age of 105 years. Although, they certainly spike prior to becoming a Centenarian, research shows remarkably that the human body can “settle in” to its aging form, and potentially live that way for a long time.   

For the science of human longevity, this is another in an exciting paradigm of research currently exploding inside the scientific community.

It jibes with the Harvard mice study (Sinclair, David, professor in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School) and the replenishment of NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) in the cells through the precursor enzyme, NMN (Nicotinamide Mononucleotide).

NAD+ is an enzyme identified as essential to life and found to diminish in humans, and all living things for that matter, as they age. Sinclair’s research was successful in reversing the symptoms of aging and is ongoing.

The two separate, but very relatable studies, form the bedrock of longevity study and the implications of what a very long life might look like in the near future for humanity.

References

  1. https://hms.harvard.edu/news/rewinding-clock

Human Brains Make New Nerve Cells — and Lots of Them — Well Into Old Age

Healthy people in their 70s have just as many young nerve cells, or neurons, in a memory-related part of the brain as do teenagers and young adults, researchers report in the April 5, Cell Stem Cell. The discovery suggests that the hippocampus keeps generating new neurons throughout a person’s life.

The finding contradicts a study published in March, which suggested that neurogenesis in the hippocampus stops in childhood (SN Online: 3/8/18). But the new research fits with a larger pile of evidence showing that adult human brains can, to some extent, make new neurons. While those studies indicate that the process tapers off over time, the new study proposes almost no decline at all.

This research jibes well with recent Harvard mouse studies (Sinclair, David) into refilling declining NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) stores in living cells (Rewinding the clock, March 22, 2018) with the precursor enzyme, NMN (Nicotinamide Mononucleotide). The two studies show evidence that longevity extension in humans is possible as the afore thought premise that neurogenesis ceases in childhood, may stay just as active into a human’s aging years, could prove there are exciting times ahead for human longevity study and the use of an NMN precursor enzyme to refill declining NAD+ in the cells.

5 Things Dad’s With Endless Energy Do Everyday

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16 and the best thing Dad can do for his family this year, is take care of himself. Here’s a quick How-To, to help Dad turn around his fading energy levels and be Super Dad again!

Right off the bat, Happy Father’s Day, Dads! You’re doing more than ever for your families, and get very little credit for all your efforts. Not that you need a lot of praise, but a pat on the back occasionally from a random article isn’t a bad thing.

The trouble is, dads and usually men in general, don’t regularly look for help when they’re running out of steam. Months, even years will go by without paying attention to their health. Then all of a sudden, WHAMMO!

Has Dad hit the wall?

Push through, get it done, wake up, do it again. Men ignore the red flags, leaving the door open to disease.

Most of us have hit the wall at one time or another. It’s not a lot of fun. Energy becomes a thing of the past and during the day our normal oomph fades, or disappears altogether. Even worse, when chronic fatigue sets in over an extended period of time, the body struggles to keep its vitamin and mineral stores up, our immune system becomes compromised, and that’s when disease can set up camp.

Men, like women, take a no-nonsense approach to fatigue. Push through, get it done, wake up, do it again.  Parents are especially guilty of ignoring themselves and the red flags that can lead to illness. After a time, bouncing back gets more and more difficult.

Tweaking our lifestyles, even in small ways, can be a big game-changer. Here are five quick changes Dad can make TODAY to put the pep back in his step.

ONE: Cut it out! Energy is zapped when the foods we eat do not feed our engines. With modern, busy lives filled with work, kid’s, stress and pressure, dads eat more on the go than at any time in human history. True story. Eating on the go usually means junk food, or forgetting altogether.

So, cut out energy-draining foods like sugar, processed food, coffee and alcohol and fill your plate with good fats rich in anti-oxidants and nutrients and refill vitamin stores.

Sitting down and eating mindfully is no small thing, it helps with digestion and goes a long way to better gut health and supporting metabolism.

TWO: Exercise. Normal energy levels can be lifted after just one brisk walk outdoors. Don’t believe me, take the challenge!

Men often feel they haven’t exercised at all if they didn’t feel the burn, but a fast walk or even a light jog, especially at times when chronic fatigue takes hold, can make all the difference and is sometimes all it takes.

As long as exercise is a regular part of our schedules, in whatever form it may come, our bodies benefit in ways often not considered. The knock-on effects include better sleep, improved circulation, reduction of plaque in the arteries, mental clarity, emotional calm, clearer skin. The list goes on. 

THREE: Nutraceuticals are the new buzzword in home health care. They are a significant addition to vitamin and mineral supplementation to combat low ebbs in our health. Nutraceuticals are equal to the task in supporting the systems in our bodies, and are equally essential during times of wellness to boost immunity.

The key is using 100% natural herb concentrates, which hold on to their robust healing properties much better than extracts. Capsules are also excellent at delivering the herbs in their truest form, and in-turn, make the biggest impact on our health.

The best come from companies who are obsessive about selecting only exceptional, 100% natural, active herbs, like the Herbalmax proprietary herbal blends, which gently lifts zapped energy, unlike jittery, caffeinated brands.

Herbalmax’s Energy & Focus formula includes superfood Acai, the little berries that pack a powerful punch, with strong antioxidants to support clear thinking, cardiovascular health and overall well-being.

FOUR: Staying calm to carry on. Tuning out the onslaught of social media, news and the current state of the world isn’t easy. For Dad’s, add kids, work, financial pressures, etc. It can be close to impossible.

Take yourself out of the rat race, even if it’s just for an hour a week. Get a hobby. If it feels like your day is filled with obligation after obligation, find time to do something that energizes the mind, body and spirit and restores creativity. Whether it’s working with your hands in the yard, building a canoe in the garage, sailing, skiing, or sculpting, acting on your need to feel fulfilled in life is essential.

Evidence is strong that people who are self-satisfied, live longer, happier and healthier lives. It’s never too late. What’s on your bucket list?

FIVE: Talk. Start sharing your feelings. Henry David Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Thoreau would be surprised how right he still is today.

Men, more than women typically hold in emotion. Additionally, in studies comparing men and women’s emotive differences there is consistent evidence to prove women are generally in touch with emotion better than men. “Women tend to be able to recognize and process the negative emotions of others better than men do.” (Babchuck et al., 1985; Hampson et al., 2006; McClure, 2000).

Being more comfortable around emotion tends to free up women to express themselves more than men, ultimately relieving pent-up feelings that may build up. Emotional stress deadens the immune system and can bubble to the surface causing myriad health issues.

People who find ways to express worrisome feelings often live healthier lives and enjoy emotional clarity well beyond those who don’t.

Father’s Day is everyday

We pay tribute to all dads on Father’s Day in different ways. A thank you and a tie are very nice, and certainly appreciated, but this year maybe the best gift you can give Dad is to help him rediscover his health, which will allow him to be Super Dad 365 days of the year.

The Herbalmax complete line of 100% natural nutraceuticals addresses all aspects of Dad’s complete health and wellbeing. Herbalmax invests in the best science and nature has to offer. Their passion is to bring out every benefit from each herb and ensure safety and effectiveness for its curative purpose. Crafting a superior product boils down to a simple philosophy: use the best science to design superior products.

When Dad’s engine check light comes on, maybe all he needs is a tune-up, and Herbalmax’s Energy & Focus. Give the gift of health to Dad today: https://www.herbalmax.com/

Lynda Bateman is a health and wellness writer and staff contributor.

How Two Friends Immersed Themselves in Medical Research to Transform Their Lives

The Four Corner Stones for Healthy Aging is a new project by two Australian Authors, Annabel Streets and Susan Saunders who have expanded their popular Age-Well Project blog into a book.

They’ve identified their four cornerstones of healthy aging as diet, exercise, staying engaged and creating the right environment for good sleep. The book focuses on having not only a quantity of life, but taking quality of life into our older years.

Their environmental principles for ageing well are basic but true and along with the four cornerstones, Streets and Saunders fill their book with simple advice and get us to be mindful of the important health-points we’ve likely forgotten or never paid attention to in our younger years.

Their salient points for healthy aging include:

  • Pay special attention to your gums and teeth
  • Build immunity
  • Know the medications linked, by researchers, to Alzheimer’s
  • Eat the right foods for your skin, eyes and hair
  • Use an anti-pollution serum every day and sunscreen when the sun’s out
  • Avoid chemical-laden personal care products – opt for organic where possible
  • Forget supplements – except Vitamin D – and zinc for immunity
  • Care for your eyes with regular check-ups
  • Avoid pollution-heavy areas
  • Counter pollution with the right food, the right house plants and an air purifier
  • Avoid pesticides and other chemicals when gardening, eating and cleaning

Southern California Biotech Company Herbalmax Inc. Launches New Interface Experience for the Consumer

The biotech and nutraceutical company, Herbalmax Inc., today proudly announced the launch of its redesigned, education-focused and consumer-friendly website, www.herbalmax.com.

Southern California Biotech Company Herbalmax Inc. Launches New Interface Experience for the Consumer

Continuing on from a successful company re-brand, the new look website integrates a fresh, clean, uncluttered design, while preserving the company’s core commitment to the consumer, innovation and education.

“We are pleased with the excellent feedback our new website has brought already,” said Lynda Bateman, Director of Media Relations for Herbalmax.  “Providing a simple ordering tool was always the motivation behind the inspiration for the new site.”

The updated Product Pages are clear, and easy to navigate, from browsing to check-out, and contacting Herbalmax has been streamlined with a dedicated Contact Page, linked directly to the Herbalmax Customer Support Team and designed to help customers get quick answers to any order, product or company related question.

“One of our primary goals when we set out to build a new website was ease of use for the consumer,” adds Bateman. “After all, it’s our customer who inspires us every day to innovate better, smarter and healthier solutions, and they deserve an excellent experience.”

The Herbalmax What’s New section, is an exceptional reference for visitors to the page, with well-written, easily accessible articles on health and well-being, industry news, and the latest in biotechnology.

Bateman continues, “We’re thinking ahead now to more customer-focused initiatives, including a monthly Newsletter, a Podcast, and a YouTube channel. So, watch this space.”

As an established and trusted biotechnology firm in the health industry for 20 years, Herbalmax is confident the new website is already working well for its customers, and is reflective of its core values of innovation and education.

The Company continues to set the pace to be clear and informational in an often purposefully dense supplement marketplace and pledges to continue that strategy going forward.

Herbalmax remains focused on offering the best in bio-innovation, industry-led manufacturing processes, and looks forward to serving its loyal customers and meeting new visitors well into the future.

7 Things Women Who Live Better Through Menopause Do Daily

Women have a tendency to grin and bear it through the tough times, often even through pain, so why should menopause be any different?

Are you white knuckling it through menopause? Chances are the answer is a resounding, yes. Women are famous for the grin-it-and-bear-it approach to all aspects of their life. As a sex, we are accustomed to barreling through the tough times, even pain. To make matters worse, it is innately female for us to ignore our needs in lieu of someone else’s. 

Menopause is no different. Recent studies show a staggering 84% of women aged 45-55, seek no alternative therapies during menopause. The good news is, Women’s Health Concerns.org reports 95% of women surveyed would prefer natural therapies to HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) if they did.

It seems women are dubious of HRT or complicated therapies when it comes to their bodies at such a vulnerable time, so we’ve compiled seven simple life changes that women who report living well through menopause do every day.  

The struggle is real, so don’t suffer in silence, ease the blow of perimenopause when it hits, or take the edge off symptoms when the menopause comes to stay with these seven simple changes to a healthier, happier you. 

Remove food triggers

Food is medicine. We hear this all the time, but food is where you can make the swiftest impact on your health. During menopause and perimenopause, our hormones are unstable, often shifting around from hour to hour. Eating foods that instantly effect our body’s already shaky hormone levels, like coffee, alcohol, soda, sugar and processed foods, is just like throwing gasoline on a forest fire.

But, removing poor food choices is only half the solution. Filling your body with hormone-stabilizing leafy green vegetables, herbs with antifungal values like oregano and ginger, or low-sugar fruits, like black berries, to look after your blood sugar is key. In addition, healthy fats and lean meats help control hormone levels and build muscle. 

TOP TIP: Avoid over and undereating too as both contribute to instabilities in hormone levels.

Fill up on good fats

Healthy fats like nuts, coconut and olive oils, avocado, raw seeds, oily fish, that are high in omega 3, like wild salmon and mackerel are good for the brain and reduce inflammation, which can run rampant when the body is under stress. A diet rich in healthy fat goes a long way to harmonizing the body’s HDL and LDL cholesterol, which is subject to imbalance during menopause.  

TOP TIP: The brain needs cholesterol to keep you thinking clearly, so don’t reduce it from your diet without discussing a plan with your physician.

Body fat adds to hormone imbalance

The hormone Leptin is produced by the fat in our own cells, and is secreted into our blood stream. Additionally, Leptin regulates body weight, and tells the brain to eat or stop eating. 

When we are overweight, Leptin is over-produced, and brain signals become confused and can often stop working all-together. Low body fat keeps our cravings in check during menopause, and helps prevent tummy fat.

Supplement 

When the body goes through periods of stress, it uses up vitamin and essential mineral stores much faster than at times of harmony. Supplementing key vitamins and minerals is a great way to keep deficient stores full. Ask your doctor to include B12, D and Iron in your regular blood panels to keep current on some of your essential stores.  

TOP TIP: Choose the most absorbable forms or sublingual varieties of vitamins, as our gut health is often affected by bouts of upset. Example: B12, Methylcobalamin.

Therapeutic herbs 

Using naturally safe and stabilizing herbal products like the Menopause Formula, by veteran biotech company, Herbalmax are helpful in smoothing-out hormonal fluctuations. Branded herbal blends like the Menopause Formula are no accident, they are meticulously designed to relieve mood instability, which is common during dips in hormone levels.

The trusted, curative qualities of ancient herbs have been used for hundreds of years by women in and out of menopause for quick relief to sleeplessness, night sweating and provide a powerful reprieve from hot flashes, irritability, cramping, chills and more.

Because you have a choice, use a 100% bio-active Menopause Formula, designed for women by women scientists. The Herbalmax brand has been a trusted mainstay in natural therapies for 20 years. 

TOP TIP: Always choose clinically tested herb blends made from herb concentrates like the Menopause Formula from Herbalmax. Concentrates, instead of extracts, maintain the true character and strong healing properties of the herb, which is uniquely chosen to address individual symptoms.

Regular Exercise 

The key word here is regular. We all know exercise has many benefits for any stage of life, but there are a few gentle tweaks you should make to your routine, and even if you’re starting a new exercise program, that will make a difference to help you through your menopause journey.

Get outside. A steady walk in the open air brings multiple advantages for mood stimulation, and a low-impact, healthy walking pace, goes a long way to reduce inflammation, balance hormone levels, relieve muscle aches and relax the mind. 

High impact exercise works, if you are used to it, but during menopause, the old saying, slow and steady wins the race, applies. Swimming is another effective low-impact sport, and weight resistance is vital to keep aging muscles strong. 

Go often. Our bodies need regular exercise, so set a time aside for you, and you’ll enjoy better sleep at night and feel lighter during the day. 

Manage Stress 

We know by now that stress is a major health problem. The human body is still playing catch-up with the modern onslaught of social media, news, information, additives and chemicals bombarding us every day, it is no wonder anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.

Adopting all the above practices, along with yoga and meditation, will keep the mind focused, calm and relaxed and give you tools to fall back on when unexpected stress strikes.

So, meet menopause head-on when she knocks on your door. Be prepared with just a few simple adjustments and natural remedies. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you. 

Lynda Bateman is a Health and Wellness writer living in California. She is a contributor to numerous publications in the US, Europe and Australia, is an editor, TV personality and Radio host. Lynda writes extensively on the subject of Thyroid Disease, is a patient advocate and created the very successful Thyroid Support Group and its private sister group TSG in 2007.

If Aging Is Greek to You.. Here’s Information That Isn’t a Myth

One of the blue zones – regions of the world where author Dan Buettner found that people live much longer than average – is Icaria, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea that was named after Icarus, the son of Daedalus, the creator of the Labyrinth in Greek mythology. In a famous tale, Icarus and his father attempted to escape from Crete on wings that Daedalus made from feathers and wax. Icarus ignored his father’s instructions to not fly too close to the sun and his wings melted in the sun’s heat. Icarus fell into the sea and drowned. The Icarians believe the headstrong young man fell nearby, hence the name of their island.

Had Icarus been lucky enough to be a Greek god, he wouldn’t have perished, because he would have had access to ambrosia, the food of the gods mentioned in the poems of Homer. By eating ambrosia and drinking something called nectar – both of which sound a lot like derivatives of honey – the Greek gods had not blood but a fluid called ichor flowing in their veins.

Humans have puzzled over possibilities of immortality since the time Adam and Eve bit into the apple and got chased out of Eden. Consider the etymology of the word “nectar” – *nek = death” and *tar = overcoming.”

In Hindu mythology, amrita was a drink conferring immortality (but only for the gods). In Chinese mythology, the Peaches of Immortality made forever happen, while Thor and the Norse gods had the apples of the goddess Iðunn.

Apple, peaches, nectar – is there really something that truly helps people live longer? As the tales of the gods show, living forever might have its problems, but is a few extra decades a possibility?

You’re in luck!

Whether you live in a blue zone or not, you probably don’t have ichor in your veins, or a steady supply of ambrosia, nectar, or any other god or goddess food.

What you do have in all your cells is nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), a substance that helps convert nutrients into energy and helps proteins do things like fight DNA damage. The form of NAD that does the work is called NAD+ – an oxidixing agent – and levels of it decline as we age.

At year 40 or so, the drop in NAD+ levels starts becoming crucial. It’s not as bad as falling into the Agean Sea, but if something isn’t done, by age 60 your levels might be cut in half.

Thankfully, NAD+ has its own ambrosia, a molecule known as NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide). In January 2019, a study published in Nature Metabolism revealed that the Slc12a8 gene transports NMN into cells to fuel the production of NAD+, but it does not transport nicotinamide riboside (NR), another niacin derivative that is sold for anti-aging. One might say that NAD+-boosting NMN supplements give you a quick modern-day ambrosia, while NR supplements fall like Icarus.

One of the best NMN products is Herbalmax Reinvigorator, an advanced daily nutraceutical designed to enhance cellular repair and generate metabolic optimization and energy production. This enhanced formula is formulated to promote healthy aging and help provide consumers with nutrients needed to support a healthy, strong, and energetic body.

Why does NAD+ decline during aging? It’s destroyed, like wax and feather wings in hot sunlight. That has to do with enzymes called sirtuins that can sense NAD+ fluctuations. Without diving too deep into the science, suffice it to say that research has been done that “identifies the key cellular mechanisms behind vascular aging and its effects on muscle health and has successfully reversed the process in animals.” Human trials are currently taking place.

You might want to visit lovely Icaria on the beautiful blue Agean Sea someday and experience first-hand the attitudes, diets, and social habits of its long-lived residents. People there regularly live to be over 100 and get along well. They’re not trying to escape an island like Icarus and his father – they enjoy their island life very much. If you ask their age, they’ll tell you the year they were born, and don’t be shocked if it’s early in the 20th century.

Meanwhile, you could get a head start on living longer by trying a product like Reinvigorator. You might find yourself winging your way to happier and longer life, with more energy and sunnier days.

The Secrets of Creative Longevity: Follow Your Heart and Feed Your Cells

Mark Twain photo taken by Alvin Coburn in 1908, using Autochrome Lumiere, an early form of color photography

Is there something about the environment of Connecticut that fosters creativity? I’ve wondered when I’ve considered all the talents that have lived there over the years. The most creative years of Samuel Langhorne Clemens aka Mark Twain came when he lived at his home in Hartford, which remains a major public attraction in the city today. And his neighbor a few steps away was Harriet Beecher Stowe, who changed America with Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Clemens, born in 1835, was still writing when he passed away in 1910. Where did such long-term creativity originate?

Connecticut College in New London offers several Integrative Pathways, which are sets of “courses and experiences organized around a central theme.” One of their themes is Creativity, defined this way: “Creativity is the ability to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, realizing something fresh and inventive.” That was certainly true of the literary life of Mark Twain, and it’s been true of many other famous residents of The Constitution State, past and present.

For example, Maurice Sendak, who worked out of his studio in Ridgefield. At the Maurice Sendak Collection at the University of Connecticut, visitors can view his original sketches, artwork, and final drafts of his books, nearly 10,000 items. Did you know how Sendak’s most famous title came about?  “Where the Wild Things Are” became “Where the Wild Horses Are” when he gave up on horses because he felt he couldn’t draw them well enough. Who would have suspected?

Movie still from Where the Wild Things Are movie (Warner Bros. 2009)

Sam Clemens lived three-quarters of a century. Sendak died in 2012 at the age of 83. One wonders – do prolific creatives have some special makeup that allows them to keep turning out memorable creations well into later age? For anyone who’s read about the “Blue Zones” on Earth where people reach advanced age, it’s obvious that people who lead happy lives quite often live longer. Clemens had numerous tragedies in his life, but maintained humor and brought it to others. He lived 75 years, which in his day was an excellent accomplishment.

On October 30, 1906, Mark Twain dictated this for his Autobiography: “I am aware that I am very old now; but I am also aware that I have never been so young as I am now, in spirit.” That’s seems very appropriate, given that his beloved and by then departed wife Livy’s nickname for him was “Youth.”

Maybe creativity springs from a youthful attitude?

Vanderbilt University did a 45-year study of nearly 700 intellectually gifted kids and concluded that 12 percent of them highly excelled in their chosen professions. These included Fortune 500 CEOs, distinguished jurists, award-winning journalists, and a Pulitzer Prize winner. The results, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, concluded that the most successful subjects of the study followed their creative impulses, not just logic. Since the study began when the subjects were early to mid-teens, it might seem to follow that attitude was important. Plus, knowing they will be studied for decades, people might be driven even more to excel.

However it may be that creativity and youthful feelings arise, these things are of great concern to the “baby boomer” population in the U.S. There were 76 million of them born between 1946 and 1964, and they’re very interested in preserving their health and enjoyment of life – just ask them. That may be pricey. Because of the Boomers, Medicare costs that amounted to 14% of total federal spending in 2018 are projected to increase to 18.1% by 2028. So, Boomers need to get creative about healthy aging.

What if people just live longer due to good genes? Nir Barzilai, M.D., Director of the Institute for Aging at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York has with his team conducted genetic research on more than 500 healthy elderly people between the ages of 95 and 112 and on their children, too. You can read about it here and possibly participate, as the study is not yet concluded. If you’re a Baby Boomer or even over the age of 40, though, there’s something you can do to combat aging, and it’s based on proven science.

Physically, youth in humans inevitably declines, usually beginning around age 40. If you’re inactive, you can lose as much as 5% of muscle mass. Your hair might begin thinning. Estrogen decreases and some women enter perimenopause in their 40s. Multivitamins, vitamins A and D, and herbal remedies might be in order, but there’s a relatively new supplement called NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide) that could help even more. This one goes straight to your cells and boosts the production of the enzyme cofactor NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinclueotide) which is essential for life. NAD was originally discovered in 1906, the same year that picture of Mark Twain was taken.

High quality supplements like Herbalmax Reinvigorator Advanced Formula provide the NMN anyone over 40 needs to help boost NAD levels toward what they were in earlier years. This short article explains that NMN “extends lifespan and improves motor coordination, eye function, bone density, insulin sensitivity, liver and kidney function, physical endurance, muscle strength, and the function of stem cells and mitochondria.” Mitochondria, if you’re not familiar with the term, are the energy production engines within our cells – they keep us going!

That’s important, because by age 60, the production of NAD in most people is cut in half. By age 80, it’s almost nothing. At this link, you’ll find a graphic illustrating the decline.

These days, Connecticut residents like Lauren Tarshis, editor-in-chief of Scholastic’s classroom magazine division and author of the “I Survived” series of historical fictions keep Connecticut creativity going. Litchfield resident and author Martha Hall Kelly’s debut novel Lilac Girls sold 1.5 million copies and became an answer on the game show “Jeopardy!” Those talented ladies may not be taking Reinvigorator or any other NAD booster, but these supplements are available for anyone.

You can read a lot more about the possibilities of longer life at The Healthy Science Blog. Whether you’re 40, a Baby Boomer, or even older, there’s something there for you. Just think what it might have been like if this type of health science was well-known and in use at the beginning of the 20th Century the way it is now, in our 21st Century. What other creative wonders might Mark Twain and Maurice Sendak and so many other creative wonders been able to give the world, wherever they lived?

Herbalmax Invests in Education With Healthy Science Blog

Global biotech solutions company, Herbalmax Inc., proudly announces the launch of its freshly-minted educational blog designed to become a primary resource for the health-savvy consumer.

Irvine, CA, MAY 3, 2019, 10:07 AM PSTHerbalmax Inc. is delighted to launch its latest health education initiative, the Healthy Science Blog.

Hot on the heels of a company rebrand, Herbalmax will now offer a streamlined product line, updated and state of the art manufacturing and distribution operations, with a new look and user-friendly website set to follow shortly. As part of these efforts, Herbalmax has set its sights on becoming a teaching hub for consumers wanting to learn more about plant-based nutraceuticals.

“We approach health and human wellness with vigorous curiosity that is slightly obsessive. Our scientists are meticulous in the design and craft of safe, proprietary blend products of unsurpassed quality, and keep the customer firmly at the center of their focus,” vaunts Lynda Bateman, Herbalmax Director of Media.

One of the future goals of the Herbalmax blog is to build an information hub for the consumer with well-written, easily accessed articles of relatable topics on health and well-being, industry news, and the latest scientific breakthroughs.

“Our articles are fact-based, content-heavy, yet easy to read, which makes them perfect for prominent media like the San Francisco Bay Chronicle, the Connecticut Post and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Additionally, we have appeared on NBC affiliates, the New Jersey Star Ledger, and the respected and trending online magazine, The Ageist,” notes Bateman.

The Company has redefined what it means to be clear and informational in a clogged and often confusing supplement marketplace and are building an “industry library” for the purposes of educating the public about nutraceuticals so they can make the best choices for themselves to help fill the gaps that might exist in their health care.

Bateman adds, “We are thinking ahead to even more comprehensive mediums including a monthly Healthy Science Newsletter, a comprehensive info-series on nutraceuticals, and a downloadable, Healthy Science Podcast.”

As an established and trusted firm in the health and wellness biotech design and manufacturing space for 20 years, the Company is confident that a teaching-based narrative is as essential for the consumer as it is for any business invested in human health.

Dr. Mohamed Shaharuzzaman, Ph. D., Senior Research Scientist at Herbalmax Inc. is one of the driving forces behind this new approach. “As a scientist, it is my job to base everything I do on facts and education to produce the best product. That ethos resonates very well as a company core value and promises to be prominent as our central message going forward.” X