The best way by far to slow the ageing process is to stabilise the cell membrane. Let me explain...


All cells leak. And they seem to leak much more than we thought. If things get into cells that shouldn't, or things leak out of cells that shouldn't, then that compromises cellular efficiency, reproduction, and DNA integrity. All these things ARE the ageing process. If a cell works efficiently and reproduces efficiently and exactly, this IS the anti-ageing process.


When I was doing my post-grad training, I saw a research paper that had sent shock waves through the science community. Some scientists had made a fungal cell radio-opaque so that it could be seen under x-ray trying to pass through a tissue membrane. Not only did it manage to pass through the tissue but it destroyed cell membranes in the process and also let pass other matter that was hundreds of times larger than scientists had thought possible. In 2003, the Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to two scientists who had shown that water doesn't osmose into cells as we'd long been taught at university, but is actively transported through the membrane via a protein channel. So, over the years science has made a number of mistaken assumptions regarding the cell membrane and the way it behaves, or not.


There was long standing anecdotal evidence of the anti-ageing effect of many herbal medicines, as well as evidence of laboratory animals far exceeding their normal life spans with controlled dietary measures. However, the science on medicines wasn't yet the 'in' thing - herbs were seen as 'weak' medicines; there are herbs that can kill you in minutes, so where's the 'weak' bit. But today, scientists are getting lab animals to substantially exceed their normal life spans, and live much healthier lives, with medicines and without the excessive dietary manipulations of previous experiments.


It's pretty much universal knowledge that vitamins A, C and E are antioxidants, but what has been discovered now is that the anti-oxidants in medicines are between 40 to 60 times more potent than the vitamins, and what's also been discovered is that you can't get this level of anti-oxidant activity from your diet. For example, you may have heard of resveratrol which is the anti-oxidant found in grapes and of course red wine; well you would need to eat many many kilograms of grapes to get the resveratrol found in a single herbal tablet which of itself contains an array of other anti-oxidants. The problem too is that with ageing, the digestive system finds it more difficult to extract all the nutrient matter in food, so we get less anti-oxidants, and anti-ageing, as we age! Add to that the early onset of genetic factors and we have no hope at all in the modern environment of using food as a medicine - it just isn't!


Now, the life spans of my forefathers is not good. My father died age 55, my two grandfathers were 65 and I had several paternal great uncles who didn't fare too well either. All of them died of heart disease. Despite the fact I had no indications of cardiovascular disease, at age 55 I decided to get an untrasound done on several of my great arteries to see - I suppose out of curiosity more than concern -  if there were any signs of early to moderate arterial plaque - and they were almost perfectly clear.


I shall go into this in further detail in part 2. In the meantime, here's something to think about... You will recall my mentioning previously about Curcumin being out of stock recently, well Curcumin has over 100 molecular targets in the human body and over 5000 published research articles, and it is one of the least researched of the anti-ageing medicines!