Have you ever experienced the “Need a cup of coffee to pick me up. Whoops, that donut/bagel crashing me down so I need another cup of coffee to pick me back up again.” syndrome? Have you ever wondered what you could do to just experience natural energy that lasts all day, yet allow you to rest and sleep soundly by bedtime? How about being able to get through the day with focus and clarity of thought, without that “foggy brain” feeling?
Think back to your youth. Do you remember going through that? You drank sodas or fruit juices all day and didn’t want to go to bed. Still, you went right to sleep, once you settled down that is. There was no need for caffeinated drinks, shots, gum or chews. You did not take taurine, B-12 shots or guarana (caffeine) to keep you going through the day. Why? Your body, hence your genes, were in a youthful state! What does that mean?
There is quite the buzz about aging lately in the media. In 2011, US News and World Report and Time Magazine reported on a surprising new insight connecting genes and aging. These news organizations are now reporting that our genes can be positively influenced and we can affect the way we age.
Since James Watson, Francis Crick, and Rosalind Franklin discovered the structure of DNA in 1953, the field of genetics has been advancing at an amazing rate. By 2003, the entire human genome had been sequenced, or decoded. From this advancement, we now know that humans have somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 genes. About one tenth of those genes are involved in the regulation of expression of the rest. Our work today is to better understand how gene expression changes with age and how to externally influence it.
The latest technologies are making this task much more feasible. Now, on a single silicone chip about an inch square, we can measure the work output of a single gene in any tissue. By measuring this “work output,” we can track whether the created proteins are structural (like the collagen or the elastin in your skin) or enzymes, which catalyze all of the biochemical reactions that take place in your body. Therefore, we are now capable of measuring the aging process at the genetic level, and determining how external factors affect this process.
Simply put, we are now influencing aging at the genetic level. This is actually quite a liberating concept, and it’s not just hype. It turns out that even though we’ve been focusing on the DNA as the hardwired brain, or computer of the cell, we haven’t been considering the software portion of the equation. It’s this influencing of the “software” that sets one company apart with a technology called “ageLOC Science“.
Two presentations were made at the First World Congress on Targeting Mitochondria: Strategies, Innovation and Clinical Applications in Berlin. Our scientists presented research findings on how mental and physical vitality is improved through nutritional strategies that influence mitochondrial-related genetic expression. Two presentations were made at the First World Congress on Targeting Mitochondria: Strategies, Innovation and Clinical Applications in Berlin.
“Through our innovative ageLOC science, we have successfully identified groups of genes and multiple genetic pathways that play a role in the complex process of aging,” said Joe Chang, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of Product Development. “Our most recent research focuses on improving physical, mental, and sexual vitality that declines through the normal aging process. Unlike others who employ single gene approaches, with our research partners, we have identified multiple genes that affect mitochondrial function and also validate natural ingredients that positively affect the expression of those genes, thereby impacting overall energy and vitality. We believe that research focused on multiple genes shown to affect the normal aging process is the optimal approach to develop effective anti-aging products.”
Improved Mental Vitality
At the congress, Senior Scientist Scott Ferguson presented “Targeting Age-Related Gene Expression Improves Mental and Physical Vitality” and highlighted studies with a patent-pending blend of ingredients to improve physical, mental, and sexual vitality. This blend was shown to reset mitochondrial-related gene expression to a more youthful state. In a pilot study on mental acuity, the blend significantly improved multiple attributes of cognitive function in men and women aged 28-50 over those taking a placebo.
Improved Physical Vitality
In a second study, Ferguson presented evidence that revealed improved energy levels in mice supplemented with the same proprietary ingredient blend as the mental acuity study. After seven weeks, physical endurance was improved in the supplemented group as compared to a placebo group. Furthermore, the scientists reported that, relative to the placebo group, the supplemented group retained more muscle glycogen and had reduced lactic acid buildup during exercise.
By leveraging 30 years of genomic research, our company, Nu Skin, has placed itself in front of this scientific trend and is a clear leader in the anti-aging industry. This is an amazing breakthrough, and Nu Skin is positioned to take advantage of these developments to provide a new platform of anti-aging products today and well into the future. Find out more about Nu Skin and ageLOC by visiting http://www.nuskin.com.