groundbreaking research into health and aging has revealed a special class of anti-aging supplements, foods and herbs that rewire your body for health and longevity by activating special proteins called sirtuins at the genetic level.
or centuries, nearly every culture has searched for a way to slow and even reverse the aging process. Greek writers pursued the Fountain of Youth as far back as the fifth century BCE. India still recognizes the ancient science of longevity called Ayurveda, which is believed to add years to your life by nourishing and detoxing the body. My favorite success story of all, however, is that of a Chinese herbalist named Li Ching-Yuen, who, according to some records, was born in 1736 and died 256 years later. Regardless of whether you believe Master Li’s story is myth, reality, or a little of both, you have to admit there’s a part of you that when you hear this thinks, “I’ll have what he’s having.”
Cut to the twenty-first century, and we’re just as focused on discovering the mechanisms that prevent and reverse aging as our global ancestors were. In fact, one of the most studied proteins in the past ten years that’s been found to aid the aging process is called sirtuin, or silent information regulator. Sirtuins control the rate at which we age, and the length of our lifespan, meaning that on many levels they are our bodies anti-aging regulators. They’ve been dubbed “longevity genes,” which is also why I thought it would be a great place to begin our anti-aging supplementation program. Stimulate your sirtuins, the thinking goes, and you’ll live longer and look younger.
One of the most studied sirtuins is called SIRT1. Among other sources, it’s found in garlic, Panax ginseng, and Polygonum multiflorum, an anti-aging herbal supplementgrown in China that research has shown demonstrates anti-aging properties that activate a variety of biological processes in the body. There has been some controversy recently regarding possible liver damage resulting from the internal use of Polygonum multiflorum, and for that reason I do not recommend that you use it.
But guess what? These three anti-aging herbs were an integral part of Master Li’s regimen, switching on his SIRT1 when he used them! Even if he lived half the years that sources claim, it’s still an impressive number and one that supports the longevity-enhancing properties of herbs, in a time long before science showed us how.
In this chapter, I’d like to first explain how the body ages and reinforce the importance of addressing anti-aging solutions on cellular and hormonal levels. Then I’ll discuss the power of modern-day sirtuin activating anti-aging supplements that you can add to your daily routine to help you look and feel young.