I don't know where the paleohacks community stands on telomeres as a marker of longetivity. However, I have come across two "telomerase activators" and was wondering what you all think. One of them is called TA-65, which apparently activates a gene that turns on the telomerase enzyme (http://www.tasciences.com/ta-65/). The other is Product B which includes a proprietary blend of herbs such as milk thistle, horny goat weed, turmeric, etc. (http://www.isagenix.com/us/en/product_b.html). A company called sierra sciences is also in the process of creating drugs that seem to claim big things about increasing telomere length. http://www.sierrasci.com/index.html
The 2 supplements are not cheap by any means. However, I am intrigued by the idea of anti-aging. Does anyone here have experience with either of these products, and what do you think? Putting money aside, are these products put in the category of there is nothing to lose? Or is there any sort of concern that increasing telomere length can potentially increase the likelihood of cancer or other diseases.
I am more interested in product b as I have heard of many of the ingredients before but would appreciate any thoughts on the topic, thanks.
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on November 16, 2011
at 04:37 AM
I love the idea of telomerase inhibitors but none of these are optimal. I like high dose Vitamin D and L-carnosine to lengthen my own telomeres the old fashion way. Sun and meat are my telomeres favorite supplements
on November 16, 2011
at 12:37 AM
Vitamin D may have some impact: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21986705
on November 15, 2011
at 11:04 PM
Don't telomeres shorten over time for a reason, like to prevent cancer? In any case, even if not there's like to be lots of other tweaks that will be needed to extend lifespan. One that comes to mind is periodic retraining of your immune system, as your DNA and proteins gradually change over time leading to autoimmunity issues. I suspect most will be preventative - reducing rate of damage over time so wouldn't help us much but maybe our children.
You might find this interesting: The Easiest Way to Reverse Your Aging Clock