TA-65: Eternal youth in a pill, or snake oil?
May 19, 2011
In the age of “Avatar” and “Inception,” dreams are reality. Facial transplants are possible and you can wage a war long distance. So, how about a pill that can rejuvenate our cells?
Made from a Chinese herb called Astragalus membranaceus, this nutraceutical, aka TA-65, claims to reverse the clock at a cellular level (at a cost of $1,200 to $4,000 for a six-month supply). It is called TA-65 because it is manufactured by T.A. Sciences. Noel Patton says that after 4 years of taking TA-65 his immune system is younger, his eyesight is improved, his blood glucose and cholesterol levels are down and he is smarter. Patton is the 65-year-old founder and CEO of T.A. Sciences.
Thea Singer of the “The Daily Beast,” April 20, 2011, found a “tangled web of believers and nonbelievers” when she investigated a new study of this supplement. Treated middle-aged and old mice showed lower insulin, hair regrowth and skin plumping, but these changes did not last. Treated mice also showed a small increase of liver cancer.
TA-65 claims to restore our telomeres, which are protective caps at the end of our DNA. These caps wear down with time, illness and stress, leading to physical signs of aging. Telomere length is an overall marker of biological aging. Each time a cell divides its telomeres get shorter; when telomeres get so short that a cell can’t function, the cell enters a resting state or dies.
Telomerase can be activated naturally with exercise and meditation. If you prefer a supplement, you’ll have to wait. In addition to a healthy lifestyle, there are tried and true methods of improving on nature. Cosmetic surgery and little fixes, such as injectables, microdermabrasion and chemical peels can go a long way towards rejuvenating your appearance. For more information, contact a board-certified plastic surgeon at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
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