- New breakthrough research! This vitamin is already extending the lives of mice in laboratories.
- Salamander People! How we could steal the special power of this lizard to re-grow faulty tissue.
- A brilliant new way to treat bone fractures, back pain, dodgy hips…
Imagine a vitamin that could stop you ageing!
I know, I know…
Too good to be true, right?
Well, not according to this brand new study at the Laboratory of Integrated Systems Physiology (otherwise known as “LISP”!)
They’ve been doing some tests using a chemical similar to vitamin B3, known as Nicotinamide riboside (NR).
Using it on mice, they managed to improve muscle regeneration and massively extend their lives.
How does it work?
Well, it’s really all about the building blocks of your body – your cells.
There’s a powerful little engine inside your body’s cells called the mitochondria.
It’s what generates the energy your cells need to function, to keep growing and stay healthy. And this is important, because for your organs to work at their best, you need your body’s stem cells to keep repairing themselves and regenerating.
However, as you get older, the mitochondria ages too, and loses a lot of its power.
It means your body can’t fix itself like it used to.
Okay, so that’s just a fact of life, right? We all wear out as time passes.
But actually, this doesn’t have to be inevitable…
This is why stem cell therapy is now at the cutting edge of medical science. Using vitamin-like substances like Nicotinamide riboside, we can improve the power of our cells to regenerate and do their job properly, no matter how old we are.
John Auwerx, the head honcho of LISP, says: “we are not talking about introducing foreign substances into the body but rather restoring the body’s ability to repair itself with a product that can be taken with food.”
Now THIS is a future I can handle. I really don’t care what the doomsayers and anti-science brigade say. If that comes out, I’m having some of it!
The great thing is, this science is all about encouraging your body to heal itself. It’s going back to the roots of biology – understanding the secrets of how our cells grow and maintains themselves, and then giving them a nudge in the right direction.
This new science is less about drugs and more about cherry-picking the very best tools nature has to offer us.
Take the little lizard at the top of tis email for instance…
Why we could soon become salamander humans!
I read some fascinating research at the beginning of last month in the not-very-catchily-named Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal.
(I reckon I should apply for a moonlighting job coming up with better titles for these things!)
Anyway, the paper looked into the way salamanders regenerate their limbs – and how we can steal their amazing natural super power.
Because the salamander is a truly amazing little critter.
If it gets into a scrap with a stronger enemy and needs to get out of the situation, it simply gives up its tail.
Yes, it seems drastic but – heck – who cares? It can just grow a new one.
The salamander does this by re-organising the cells near where the tale has fallen off, and giving them new instructions to start working on new tissue.
Effectively, the cells in its one and fat tissue get a new job. Within hours a new tail is being worked on, and life goes on as before for the little lizard.
The same sort of thing is going on with the new stem cell therapy being looked into by John Pimanda Associate Professor at UNSW Australia.
He says: “We have taken bone and fat cells, switched off their memory and converted them into stem cells so
they can repair different cell types once they are put back inside the body.”
In other words, they’ve worked out a way to re-programme your bone and fat cells to start re-building bits of your body.
This could do all kinds of wonderful things…
Fix bone fractures, treat back pain, strengthen dodgy hips, regenerate faulty organs, speed up recover from surgery…
I’m really excited by this, as they reckon this could be available within a few years!
I’ll keep a look out for the latest and keep you information. In the meantime, it’s worth considering other ways you can get your body to heal itself. For instance, if you’re suffering from any of these…
- Heart problems
- Aching joints
- Poor digestion
- High cholesterol levels
- Digestive pain
- Low energy levels
….Then one of the ways you can tackle them is to use a protein enzyme supplement like this one, which I talked about a few weeks ago. These nutrients are the hidden motivators behind all your bodily functions… fuelling your muscles, bones, organs and cells.
If you want to give your body the power to deal with the root causes of many of your nagging health problems, this is a good way to give it the fuel it need. Take a look at this for more information.
And don’t forget, there’s plenty more on this topic and more on our website. It’s all there for you to use as a resource to find out what therapies are available, both in the world of medical science AND complementary medicine. In our view, you should be able to get the best of both!
Until next time, stay healthy!