DNA is the recipe for all life on Earth, by coding for proteins that the entire organism is made of. Our bodies have complex systems in place that make sure our DNA is organised properly and that each new cell gets a complete and unchanged copy. If the complex system involved in copying DNA fails, or if bad things are present in the environment, a mistake in the sequence of DNA can occur. These mistakes, called mutations, can happen at any phase of life, beginning with a growing baby’s first cells all the way to an adult’s mature cells.
Siberian Ginseng, a relatively new addition to Western natural medicine, has quickly gained a reputation similar to that of the better known and more expensive Korean Ginseng. Unlike many herbs with a medicinal use, it is more useful for maintaining good health rather than treating ill-health.
Certain herbs called adaptogens are particularly helpful in restoring and maintaining positive homeostasis. This is due to their ability to help us adapt to change, in particular to the challenges associated with aging.
Aging is a part of life that we can't avoid. To age more gracefully, we need a better understanding of the mechanisms of aging and what they entail.
Don’t know where to start exploring when you hear the word anti-aging? Are you overwhelmed by the amount of new research you’re reading in the media every day?
There's been an explosion of research and funding worldwide into this emerging field of medicine over the last decade.The great thing is that we have some eminent scientists and very clever people doing a lot of work on how we can extend our lifespan and most importantly improve our healthspan to match.
Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell. They are the part of the cell responsible for turning the food into energy for the body. Mitochondrial dysfunction is linked to a number of diseases. In this article you'll learn all you need to know about the mitochondria, how they work, and how they can affect your health.
The Hydra, a small freshwater invertebrate, is an advantageous model organism for regenerative biologists. Named after the serpent from Greek mythology that grew two new heads for each one cut off, this tiny, jellyfish-like creature holds within its genomic code the key to biological immortality.
Hydra are unique because their stem cells exist in a continuous state of renewal. Kept safe and in isolation, these organisms show no signs of aging. Outside the lab, the only real threats they face are predators, weather extremes and disease.
Do you know about astragalus? If not, you should, because astragalus root is one of the most powerful immune-building plants on the planet. This adaptogen herb helps beat stress while fighting disease at the same time. How effective can it be? Turns out, plenty.
In addition to pumping up your immune system, studies show it’s vital for cardiovascular health and can even fight off tumors and alleviate symptoms of chemotherapy!
The aging process is accompanied by a chronic, smoldering background of inflammation that researchers call “inflammaging”. This backdrop of low-grade inflammation contributes significantly to mortality risk in the elderly and has a number of sources.
Today, we are going to take a look at inflammaging and the various known sources that promote this age-related inflammatory condition.
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