In recent times the discovery that the telomerase enzyme can lengthen telomeres has caused a great controversy and excitement buzz in the antiaging and medical fraternity. It is all about the Telomeres which are the protective tips or ‘strands’ found on the end of chromosomes that help to keep them from fraying, a bit like in the same way that aglets- the pieces wrapped around the end of a shoelace do.
In fact it is believed that telomeres don’t play a genetic function but live solely to protect the DNA itself. In the last few years telomeres have been getting a lot of attention because the animal studies have been showing that shorter telomeres not only appear to equate to a shorter life and poorer health too and vice-versa that longer telomeres could equate to a longer and quality healthier life.
The Telomerase activation performs on targeted cells in your body and improves immune system, vision, male sexual performance and skin appearances. DNA theory of aging For some time the ‘DNA theory of aging’ has predisposed that damaged DNA leads to a worsening repair of cells and therefore, like a builder who each time he builds a house loses part of the plans, eventually leads to a cell (or a building in this case) which is no longer functional.
How is TA-65 made?
TA-65 is a naturally occurring single molecule found in the ancient Chinese herb Astragalus. T.A. Sciences has developed a proprietary process to refine and purify TA-65. Our process begins with tons of plant material harvested from selected farms in one small region in China. In our plant extraction facility, the raw Astragalus root is chopped up and refined. After initial extraction, the base ingredient is further purified and then sent to an outside government testing facility where it is tested for purity, heavy metals, and pesticides.
The product is then sent to a FDA certified, state-of-the-art, laboratory for final purification that ends up with 90+% pure TA-65. It could also be related to the Hayflick theory of aging whereby Professor Leonard Hayflick estimated that a cell can only divide itself by about 50 times before it could no longer function. Scientists are now asking themselves if it is the loss (shortening) of telomeres that causes this ‘countdown’ loss of functionality.
Could it be that the loss (shortening) of telomeres is a direct result of that DNA damage and the lengthening of telomeres the key to DNA repair? Well the ‘school is still out’, but since the animal models show much promise in terms of improving telomeres, ergo improving life and longevity, there has been a lot of excitement about the possibility of doing the same for humans. Even in the much vaulted stem cells, the older we become the shorter the telomeres become even in stem cells, thus they progressively become impaired losing their ability to produce new healthy cells. Thus we see the importance for younger humans to store (freeze) their stem cells so that they may be injected back later into the same individual- but obviously this is a problem if you are already ‘older’ and don’t have a time machine to use and go back and store your stem cells!
However a telomerase activator could in theory negate that need, because they can be used virtually at anytime to improve the condition of the individual’s cells- it is perhaps a true example of not just antiaging medicine, but indeed regenerative medicine.
There is published information that substances and protocols such as the omega oils (1), carnosine (2), vitamin D (3) multi-vitamins (4) and healthy lifestyle choices (5) have been found to help slow down the rate of telomere shortening. This may help to explain how those people who look after themselves and take key supplements age better than those who don’t, but until recently there wasn’t anything that was proven that could actually lengthen the telomeres themselves.
Telomerase and telomeres
One of the key DNA and aging research facilities- the US based Geron Corporation, discovered several years ago that a ‘telomerase activator’ could help lengthen telomeres. That substance that Geron discovered was a highly purified and concentrated extract of the Chinese herb astragalus; this extract has become patented and produced by TA Sciences under the name of TA65.
Recent studies have shown that the shortest telomeres can be lengthened, (which may be the most important factor- rather than improving overall average telomere length). Telomerase is the enzyme used within the body to help repair telomeres and when activated can help repair and lengthen them.
Why is this potential so exciting?
Well let’s look at some of the experiments with telomerase activation to improve telomere length. In January 2011, the scientific journal- Nature- published the results with telomerase deficient mice. (6) These mice had conditions of pro-aging resulting in smaller organs than normal, less neurons in their brains and poorer structural integrity and even an inability to produce sperm.
As telomerase was introduced and their telomeres lengthened the scientists noted that after only 30-days there was a reversal in every test conducted, with greater neuronal growth, better myelin sheath linings (that protect neurons), heightened sense of smell, plus intestinal and organ damage was repaired and even sperm was produced again. Even though these mice were expected to live shorter lives than normal, after their telomeres were improved they went on to live longer and healthier than could have ever been expected.
In conclusion the authors of the study stated; “...this unprecedented reversal of age-related decline in the central nervous system and other organs vital to adult mammalian health justify exploration of telomere rejuvenation strategies for age-associated diseases, particularly those driven by accumulating genotoxic stress.” Other interesting evidence that telomeres may play an important role in longevity and health are from research that has shown that centenarians (people who live to be 100 years of age or more), have longer telomeres than the average individual in the population. (7) Another interesting thought for the day is this one; why can ‘older’ individuals conceive healthy (and obviously young) children- despite the fact that their own DNA (and by association their own telomeres) have been damaged by aging? The answer to that question is because all reproductive cells have their DNA switch for telomerase activation always turned on, (as opposed to all other somatic cells wherein their DNA switch for telomerase activation is always turned off). Therefore by consequence reproductive cells always have long telomeres and little or no DNA damage, (as opposed to the age affected somatic cells that have short telomeres and damaged DNA).
Are these strong clues as to the ‘power’ of telomeres to protect DNA and thereby protect our cells, our organs and our entire being from aging?
Time will surely tell. TA65 tried and tested TA Sciences have conducted a number of clinical experiments, the most pivotal of which was published in the Journal of Rejuvenation Research. These trials have highlighted that even when taken orally TA65 could alter a number of factors favorably, principally those related with the immune system as well as helping to normalize blood pressure and improve skin elasticity. These experiments and others conducted by Dr. Bill Andrews at Sierra Sciences have also shown that TA65 when taken orally can lengthen the shortest telomeres in humans.
TA65 versus astragalus Some have asked that if TA65 is effective in lengthening telomeres by telomerase activation- and if it is extracted from the herb astragalus, then surely consuming astragalus will have the same or similar effects? Unfortunately there is no evidence to suggest this; in fact there is evidence to suggest that it will not. TA Sciences tested several food supplement astragalus extracts and found none of them to contain any trace of the active element and this was utilizing laboratory equipment that is accurate to finding one part in a million.
The astragalus in TA65 is sourced at monitored and approved farms in China and is then analyzed in an FDA approved laboratory to ensure a minimum of 90% purity, this process is kept proprietary. Under tight quality control conditions the extract is sent to New Jersey, USA for formulation and packaging, all according to ISO and cGMP standards. Therefore, TA65 can guarantee its label claims and is the only product currently tested and proven to active telomerase and induce lengthening of telomeres.
All other ‘products’ currently making such claims appear to be trying to piggy back on the work of Geron , Dr. Bill Andrews and TA Sciences and do not appear to have any proven clinical support and therefore simply do not have the ‘proof’ of efficacy. Currently only TA65 can substantiate its right to be the world’s first proven telomerase activator that is commercially available today.
TA65 availability and dosing Dosing would ideally be based upon the need, so after a telomere test, (which are now available from some laboratories in the USA and Europe for a few hundred Dollars) the result would be an examination of the shortest telomeres, (this is now considered to be more important than the overall average telomere length). Obviously the shorter the telomere the greater the dose of TA65 should be given. Without a telomerase test the so-called Patton dose is based upon age (which could be adjusted for the perceived health condition of the patient in question) and approximates as follows: Under 54: 1 capsule daily 55-69: 2 capsules daily 70-79: 3 capsules daily 80+: 4 capsules daily Side effects and availability
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|Product size||30 caps|
|This is Natural because...||it contains the natural raw Astragalus root plant.|
|Manufacturer||Telomerase Activation Sciences|
|Ingredients||Supplement Facts Serving Size: 1 Vegetarian Capsule Servings Per Container: 30 Amount Per Serving %Daily Value Astragalus Root Extract (TA-65MD) *Daily Value not established. Other Ingredients: Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose,|
|Usage||As a dietary supplement, take one (1) to four (4) capsules daily, as advised by your health care practitioner. Keep out of reach of children. Store at 15-30°C (59-86°F). Protect from heat, light and moisture. Do not use if seal is broken. Warning: If you have or think you may have any serious disease, consult your health care practitioner before using this product. For adults only; not to be taken by people under 25 years of age.|