Is Isagenix’s Product B really a holy grail fountain of youth? Telomere’s may hold the key to unlocking much longer lifespans in humans, as we are currently limited by whats known as the Hayflick limit. This is the limit on how many times a cell can divide before it goes into replicate senesence, which means it can no longer divide, and can replicate to replace itself before the cell dies or self destructs.
This is why humans can’t live past about 120 years of age. With all our modern science and medicine our average lifespan has increased dramatically over times where many died early from now curable diseases caused by poor sanitation and other environmental factors. Yet our maximum lifespan hasn’t increased.
Elizabeth Blackburn, Jack Szostak and Carol Greider were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for discovering how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase
Repairing telomeres may hold the key to extending our maximum lifespan, and this repair mechanisim is already built into each of our cells. We all have in us genetic code for the enzyme Telomerase which rebuilds telomeres. Telomeres are the protective endcaps on our chromosomes which is made up of a fixed repeating DNA sequence. In most of our cells telomerase is inactive, so over time the telomeres shorten until the cell no longer divides.
However in our reproductive cells Telomerase is very active, which is why we can conceive a baby with a full length of telomeres. Cancer cells are also known to activate telomerase so they can keep on dividing as the tumor grows.
So is Product B the holy grail of life extension? TA-65 was the first telomerase activator on the market, and according to Dr Bill Andrews Product B has multiple compounds in it which have been shown in lab tests to be stronger inducers of telomerase.
It’s great to see this technology being pioneered now, and I hope its matured by the time I start to really need it in a couple of decades. For now I’ll be using Cellgevity, which supports glutathione levels which has had some published research that shows glutathione levels are important for maintaining telomere integrity.