Before long, you’re going to see ads about an amazing new supplement that reverses the aging process. This supplement comes from a plant the Chinese have used as a medicine for over 1,000 years. But, as great as this supplement sounds, you probably don’t want to buy it. Let me explain.
TA-65 is a proprietary supplement from New York-based T.A. Sciences. The company pulls its extract from the Chinese herb astragalus. It then purifies and concentrates the substance into its pills. The “TA” stands for “Telomerase Activator.” Telomerase is an enzyme that extends the life of your cells. The more telomerase you have, the longer and healthier your cells can live, and the longer and healthier you can live.
Telomerase gets its name from the action it exerts on telomeres. Telomeres are the tail-like caps on the end of your chromosomes. They actually keep your DNA intact as cells divide. When your cells divide, the process normally shortens the length of your telomeres. Scientists tell us that shortened telomeres cause aging and a weakened immune system. So you want to keep your telomeres as long as possible. And telomerase does just that.
This is where TA-65 comes in. In a new study, researchers followed 114 people who took TA-65 for one year. They took blood samples at the beginning of the study and at three-month intervals. The researchers found that the TA-65 activates telomerase by two to three times the normal rate. And, more importantly, it lowered the number of immune cells with short telomeres by up to 50%. It also brought the number of aged immune cells down by up to 20%.
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The study, which is the first on TA-65, confirms that activating telomerase does in fact lengthen telomeres. And this, in turn, can slow the aging process.
Because this was the first study on TA-65, critics are saying we need more studies to confirm the direct relationship to your health. However, there’s no reason to wait for the studies. That’s because I don’t think you should take TA-65.
Yes, TA-65 looks like a powerful supplement that can help slow the aging process. And, yes, it’s the only astragalus supplement shown to have these effects. However, at $8,000 a year or more, it’s way too pricey for most people.
Why would you spend that much money on a supplement when other supplements can have the same effect. Supplements like vitamins B6, B12, D, and folic acid all help keep telomerase at high levels. So do SAMe, MSM, betaine, and green tea extract. Even exercise, which is free, helps keep your telomeres long.
And in this Saturday’s Nutrient Insider, I’m going to tell you about another supplement that looks like it’s every bit as powerful as TA-65, at a fraction of the cost. Don’t miss it.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.