Whatever your chronological age, your biological age may be more or less than that. If your chronological age is 60 years, you may biologically be only 50 if you are in good shape or it could be 70 if you are in bad shape. While there is no specific test available at this time which will exactly determine your biological age, there are several factors and tests which can give us some input to what your biological age is.
Aging at the molecular level is characterized by the progressive accumulation of molecular damage. This damage is caused by environmental and metabolically generated free radicals and is affected by nutrition and life style.
Turn on your good genes
You can’t change your genes, but you can do a lot to help turn on your good genes and quiet down our less good genes. This is quite interesting because you can improve what is called your epigenetic potential, and also the potential of your future children.
This is what Dr. Bygren from Sweden and Dr. Pembrey from England discovered in their research. Dr. Bygren went back through old medical records and compared data from years when people were starving, due to poor harvest, to data from years when they were overeating. He found that the children and the grandchildren of the people who had been overeating died an average of 6 years earlier than the children and grandchildren whose parents and grandparents had been starving. (Bygren LO, et al. 2001, Pembrey ME, et al. 2006)
Dr. Pembrey, in his research, found that the sons of fathers who were early smokers had a significantly higher body mass index than other boys by age 9.
These data are very interesting and the good news is that you have control over several factors affecting how you will age and your biological age.
People who eat closer to the Mediterranean style diet tend to have a longer life-span. Eating this way also reduces inflammation and the risk for many chronic diseases. High intake of olive oil, vegetables, legumes, soups, fruits and fish has been documented to be associated with lower values of blood glucose, lipids (fat) CRP (an inflammatory marker), blood pressure and cardiovascular disease risk score. Research, which included 493,308 individuals, showed that the Mediterranean dietary pattern was associated with lower abdominal fat, measuring waist circumference. (Romaguera D, et al. 2009)
All of these factors are related to biological aging.
The Special Effects Diet
The Special Effects Diet is taking the Mediterranean-style diet a step further improving the effectiveness considerably.
Effective S-Acetyl Glutathione
Glutathione is your primary defense against aging. It’s a very effective antioxidant the body makes to protect itself from free radical damage (oxidative stress). It can help repair cells that are damaged by stress, radiation, pollution, infection, and other illnesses. Don’t make the mistake of buying regular glutathione buy because it is destroyed in the stomach and does not produce any results.
As we get older, our cells begin to lose their ability to repair themselves. We make less glutathione, and we actually need more. In certain conditions, younger people may need more glutathione as well.
Glutathione is a very effective antioxidant. It helps your cells function, and supports a healthy immune system. Research shows that glutathione deficiency can lead to increased susceptibility to diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The formula Effective S-Acetyl Glutathione contains glutathione in a form the body can utilize and is for that reason very effective.
Better Fish Oil
One of the markers of biological aging is telomere length. A shortened telomere is associated with increased aging. A telomere is a region of repetitive DNA at the end of a chromosome, protecting the chromosome from damage.
Research has shown that individuals with cardiovascular disease who had the lowest quartile level of EPA, DHA (omega 3 fatty acids) experienced the fastest rate of telomere shortening when compared to those in the highest quartile level of EPA, DHA (Farzaneh-Far R, et al. 2010).
Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil provide many health benefits and one of these benefits is lowering of the biological age according to the research referred to above. The formula Better Fish Oil is a pharmaceutical grade fish oil in triglyceride form for better bioavailability and it contains high amounts of EPA, DHA the active ingredients of omega 3 fatty acids.
Better Green tea
Green tea has been shown to provide many health benefits. A study including 12,251 individuals documented that those who consumed seven or more cups of green tea daily had reduce mortality from all causes when compared to those who consumed less than one cup per day.
Coenzyme Q10 Extra Absorb
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a coenzyme involved in the energy metabolism in the mitochondria of the cell producing adenosine triphosphate (ATP). As we get older we produce less of CoQ10. CoQ10 Extra Absorb is also a powerful antioxidant and provides protection from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
CoQ10 is also important for cardiovascular health.
Multivitamin Mineral Plus Without Iron
It is also recommended to take a high quality multivitamin mineral formula to ensure you are not missing any of the important nutrients.