Life Extension Magazine

April 2008

On The Cover

Why Aging People Become Depressed, Fatigued, and Overweight

Normal aging results in a reduction of tryptophan our brain needs to make serotonin. A serotonin deficiency can result in unwanted weight gain, mood swings, and disturbed sleep. Restoring tryptophan is often difficult in aging humans because it is rapidly degraded by pro-inflammatory cytokines. A new pharmaceutical-pure tryptophan has been combined with specific ingredients that prevent its excessive depletion, thus sparing tryptophan for conversion to serotonin in the brain.

Reports

Guard Your Precious Proteins Against Premature Aging

Diabetics suffer accelerated disease processes that shorten their life spans. What few doctors understand is that glucose metabolism defects affect virtually all aging people. Steven Joyal, MD, lays out an innovative program to enable diabetics and normal maturing humans to avoid this type of systemic tissue damage.

Aging and Glycation

A simple blood test can indicate the level of destructive glycation occurring in your body. Periodic testing can enable you to fine-tune your diet, along with specific drugs and supplements to minimize age-accelerating glycation reactions.

Newly Discovered Health Benefits of Vitamin C

Long considered a critical component of a life-extension program, doctors are now documenting how vitamin C battles endothelial dysfunction and heart disease as well as the DNA damage that causes cancer.

New Research on the Health Benefits of Green Tea

New research keeps uncovering seemingly unlimited health benefits of the various compounds contained in green tea. Some of the latest studies show how daily ingestion of green tea can help mitigate degenerative diseases such as diabetes, cancer, obesity, and even Alzheimer’s.


Departments

As We See It

Back in 1990, the FDA restricted the importation of tryptophan into the United States. The biological casualty of this governmental action can be seen in the widespread deficits of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brains of aging human beings. Read how this cruel hoax may be partially responsible for the record number of Americans suffering from obesity, depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

In The News

Anti-inflammatory drugs may cut life span; omega-3s suppress Alzheimer’s risk; stem cell-cloning breakthrough; scientists create longer-life mice; phosphatidylcholine reduces steroid use in ulcerative colitis; and more.

Ask The Doctor

Varicose veins can be an early warning signal of serious vascular disease. Dr. Ariel Soffer, a leading cardiologist, discusses strategies such as the use of horse chestnut seed extract to manage this important health issue.

Journal Abstracts