Life Extension Magazine

January 2009

On The Cover

Reports

Novel Method Combats Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is implicated in diseases as diverse as cancer, heart attack, senility, and arthritis. Excess production of certain “cytokines” is involved in inflammation’s earliest stages. A family of black tea compounds called theaflavins favorably regulates genes involved in the production of proinflammatory cytokines.

Relieve Your Tired Eyes

Physicians are seeing a growing number of eye fatigue cases created by computer overuse and aging. New studies show that a natural carotenoid can protect against eye strain while combating UV damage and vision-robbing diseases.

Optimizing Digestive Health

As we age, a decline in digestive enzymes and beneficial bacteria adversely affects our upper and lower digestive tract. Restoring enzymes and replenishing useful bacteria with a new encased
probiotic provides powerful digestive support and relief of common irregularity problems.

Nanotechnology and Radically Extended Life Span

In the fast-moving futuristic world of nanomedicine, implanting molecular-sized machines in our bodies to fight disease and even reverse aging may be closer than we think. Read why one innovator funded by the Life Extension Foundation believes that advances in this field may revolutionize medicine by the 2020s.

Departments

As We See It

Back in 2007, Life Extension urged the federal government to declare a national emergency because millions of Americans were needlessly dying from an epidemic of vitamin D insufficiency. It is now 16 months later and the federal government has done nothing to inform the public of the opportunity to radically reduce their risk of dying. New studies don’t just confirm what we knew 16 months ago… they show that optimizing vitamin D intake will save even more lives than what we projected.

In The News

Soy lowers breast cancer risk; research highlights serious vitamin D deficiency in infants; vitamin C shields against bone loss in elderly men; lutein, zeaxanthin protective against colon cancer; resveratrol may guard against fatty liver; DHEA protects the heart; and more.

Wellness Profile

One of the strongest women in the world, former gymnast turned Olympic weightlifter Melanie Roach stays in top form despite a hectic lifestyle. Melanie also reveals her nutritional secret for a quick recovery from an injury that nearly took her out of the running for the Beijing games.

Journal Abstracts