Reverse Ageing – a study by Ben Greenfield
I met Ben Greenfield in Sardinia about 2 years ago. There is no way you can not admire his beautiful, supple baby skin or ask the secret behind it.
He is now one of the top influencers in holistic health. He is a bio-hacker with a super curious mind always out to find the latest invention that can reverse the ageing process and therefore some of his techniques might seem overwhelming and tough to implement. However, there are couple of key ones that can be totally included in our lifestyle.
It will be impossible to mention all of his anti-ageing biohacks, so I have handpicked the ones that all of us can start with right away!
That’s right, in the study “Resistance Exercise Reverses Aging in Human Skeletal Muscle”, it was proven that six months of progressive resistance training, a.k.a. weight training that gets heavier over time made the gene expression pattern of ageing mitochondria become significantly younger.
Muscles can become smaller and weaker with age (a process known as sarcopenia), and evidence suggests that a key part of the decline occurs in this mitochondria, a component of muscle cells that is the ultimate powerhouse – the primary engine of energy production. From the study, which was done on men at an average age of 70 years old, researchers reported that “the older individuals were able to improve strength by approximately 50%, to levels that were only 38% less than that of young individuals”. Muscle biopsies from the study showed “a remarkable reversal of the expression profile of 179 genes associated with age and exercise training. Genes that were down-regulated with age were correspondingly up-regulated with exercise, while genes that were up-regulated with age, were down-regulated with exercise.”
We all can do more weight training and challenge ourselves! I have incorporated this in my lifestyle just 6 months ago and I do see a significant change in my toning, posture and structure of the body.
Naturally grow new stem cells
Studies suggest that a gradual reduction in the number of stem cells in your body may act as a biological ticking clock for ageing and that a dose of stem cells injected into a bum knee or elbow or mainlined into the bloodstream could produce profound transformations in recovery, a fight against frailty, and the overall ageing process as a whole.
Yes, I know that sounds invasive and he did do an intravenous stem cell infusion, but there are natural ways to increase or enhance stem cells. Here are some super quick ones:
- Algae, the foundations of the marine food chain, and to hold that position, they must be incredibly nutrient-dense. Pound for pound, algae is the most nutritionally dense food on the face of the planet – a single gram of algae contains the nutritional equivalent of 1,000 grams of fruits and vegetables! Spirulina, a form of algae, is an extremely nutrient-dense filamentous cyanobacterium that forms tangled masses in warm alkaline lakes found primarily in Africa and Central and South America. Chlorella, another type of algae, is a single-celled freshwater species of micro-algae that contains the highest known quality of chlorophyll found in nature and contains a nutrient density close to that of spirulina. Superfoods containing these algae do wonders to people in a short span! I swear by them and have been consuming them for a long time now.
- Aloe Vera is a gelatinous substance derived from the fleshy leaves of the plant. Aloe vera has been recognised for its healing properties for at least 6,000 years. Known for being a “plant of immortality”, “burn plant”, “lily of the desert”, and “elephant’s gall”, it was presented to Egyptian pharaohs as a funeral gift and, over several millennia, humans have been using aloe to help treat wounds, hair loss, hemorrhoids, and digestive issues. Aloe vera contains several bioactive compounds, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, lignins, saponins, and salicylic acids. These, along with the other compounds it contains – steroids, carotenoids, terpenes, and phytosterols – allow aloe vera to play a role in modulating various biological activities, including preventing cancer, scavenging free radicals and exhibiting antimicrobial activity by rupturing bacterial cell walls. Aloe vera juice is easily consumed as a daily shot or poured into smoothies or shakes. Look for a product that is organic and at least 99% aloe. So make sure you select the right brand or even better, make it fresh at your home!
- Moringa extract has 13 different species, however the most widely cultivated is Moringa oleifera, which is native to the foothills of the northwestern Indian Himalayas. Different parts of the plant contain a wide profile of important minerals as well as protein, vitamins, beta-carotene, and various phenolics. Moringa also contains a number of antioxidants and natural antibiotics. The phytochemicals in Moringa have been studied to be hepatoprotective, cardioprotective, antinociceptive (pain-reducing), DNA-protective and anti-atherosclerotic. In studies, extracts from the flower of the plant have been shown to cause a significant increase in the proliferation of mesenchymal stem cells, while the root can cause an increase in cytotoxicity to cancer cell lines, effectively killing off cancerous cells. Extracts from the leaves are known to combat high blood pressure, reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and reduce the effects of diabetes.
Using herbs and wholefoods as Superfoods
- Supplementing with a full-spectrum antioxidant as well as taurine has been found to help reverse the lung damage associated with cigarette smoking.
- Taking rhodioloa mitigates the radiation damage associated with airline travel.
- Consuming ceylon cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, beberine, and bitter melon extract can lower your blood glucose levels.
- Fisetin (found in wild strawberries) and Quercetin (found in wild apples) are sirtuin-activating compounds which protect your mitochondria.
- Supplements which stave-off ageing of the mitochondria are NMN and resveratrol. Other supplements which are good for the mitochondria are glutathione and fish oil.
- Astragalusis a plant compounds which increase telomerase activity (telomerase is a special telomere rebuilding enzyme – as we age, our telomeres shorten).
It has been recognised, at least in the scientific literature, for over a hundred years that caloric or diet restriction can influence both healthspan and lifespan. Skinny people (not starving, just thin) tend to be in better health, and live longer than their overweight counterparts. The realisation that this was true for humans, as well as other organisms, initiated a recent frenzy in the anti-ageing quest.
There was an interesting study, however, of Japanese folks in Okinawa in 1997. In comparison to the rest of Japan, apparently this sub-population had an above-average amount of daily physical exercise, a below-average food intake, and lived longer as compared to other Japanese people. However, when some of these same families moved to Brazil, they adopted a less healthy lifestyle that affected both their exercise and food choices. Consequently, they gained weight and their life expectancy dropped 17%.
Hence, caloric restriction with adequate nutrition is the only non-genetic, and the most consistent non-pharmacological intervention that extends lifespan in model organisms from yeast to mammals, and protects against the deterioration of biological functions, delaying or reducing the risk of many age-related diseases.”
The concept that “CR retards the aging process, delays the age-associated decline in physiological fitness and extends the life span of organisms of diverse phylogenetic groups, is one of the leading paradigms in gerontology.” I automatically reduced my calories when my mind-body was in control and I saw how it changed my skin and clarity as well.
I know this article had loads of information so pick one at a time – the one that you find intuitively right for you and make yourself a guinea pig to experiment Ben Greenfield’s anti-ageing techniques. Also, do share your experiences with us or CLICK HERE get in touch with our expert therapists to learn more about wholesome living and wellness.