“Take This. Do That. You’ll live longer. Honnnnest!”

There’s evidence that doing the following may increase the human lifespan, and have numerous other benefits:

Taking care of our TELOMERES

  • Taking ASTRAGALUS and other telomere enhancers (the promoters of products designed to lengthen telomeres claim that this will dramatically increase the lifespan)
  • Astragalus has been used for centuries in China as a medicinal tonic. Taking it has been found to be an effective way of lengthening our telomeres (the “end caps” on the end of our chromosomes, which some have compared to the laces on the ends of shoelaces).
    • Note: Some researchers have warned that astragalus should NOT be taken when fasting.  This is because fasting “fixes” the telomeres on our senescent cells, making them appear healthy. But this “fix” keeps the body from identifying them as senescent, and protects them from being destroyed and replaced by new stem calls. (When I fast, to be on the safe side, at least a few hours after the END of the fast before taking astragalus again.)
    • Abstract: Anti-Aging Implications of Astragalus Membranaceus
    • Article: Longevity with Astragalus
    • Article: Herbal Supplement Extends Lifespan…
    • Article: Physiological methods – Longevity and Epigenetic Modification
    • One popular ant9i-aging drug, TA-65, is made from an extract of astragalus, buffered with a few other ingredients. Studies have shown that patients who take TA-65 does indeed lengthen telomeres. However, it’s astronomically expensive.
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  • Taking selenium.  It has been also shown to lengthen telomeres.
  • As we age, our TELOMERES (the end caps on our chromosomes) tend to grow shorter. Long telomeres tend to be correlated with long life. People who take vitamin B12 supplements have longer telomeres than those who don’t. Vitamin D3, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins C and E also help support longer telomeres.

  •  Taking GLYCINE supplements. Recent research in Japan has suggested that such supplements might be helpful in reversing some manifestations of aging. Glycine also helps with getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Common food sources of Glycine include: spinach, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, bananas, and kiwi. fruit. Glycine can also be found in bone broth, and in meat, dairy products, poultry, eggs and fish.
  • Article: About glycine and aging.

  • Taking FISETIN once in a while. In large enough doses, fisetin helps clear senescent cells from the body and brain. It also acts as a NAD+ activator.

  • TAKING ROYAL JELLY, PANTETHINE, and PANTOTHENIC ACID (claim: could add ten years to our lives)
    • Eating ROYAL JELLY. Most bees live just six weeks. But bees fed royal jelly live between two and three years, i.e., thirty to forty times longer. Royal jelly has also been shown to extend the lifespan of some other insects and some lab animals. It has not been shown to extend human lifespan, but it’s reasonable to assume that it could. Why not add it to your diet and find out? (NOTE: If you’re allergic to bee products, you should NOT take it, for obvious reasons.)
    • Taking PANTOTHENIC ACID: Dr. Roger B. Williams found that supplementing the diets of lab animals with pantothenic acid extended their lifespan by about 19 percent. Interestingly, it’s a key ingredient, perhaps the effective ingredient, in royal jelly. (I take them together, and also take a capsule of pantethine, the activated form of pantothenic acid, along with them.)
    • Article: Pantothenic acid and the aging processes 
    • Article: Pantothenic Acid and Longevity
    • Blog: Pantothenic Acid for Long Life

  • Taking vitamin D3 and K2, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins C and E (claim: could add 10-20 healthy years)

  • Taking NAD+ supplements, or taking products (such as nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) or nicotinamide riboside (NR),  which are designed to increase production of NAD. (NAD levels decline as we age. The people promoting these products claim that taking them could add 20 or 30 years to a person’s life. (NOTE: There is also some evidence that raising NAD levels could, in some circumstances, fuel the growth of cancer.) (But some activities that raise NAD also decrease the odds of getting cancer)

  • Activities such as HIIT exercise (intense enough to create a temporary oxygen deficit), and being exposed to temperature extremes, also increase NAD levels in the body.