Astaxanthin Switches on the FOX03 “Longevity Gene”

Volume 7    |    Issue 48

Did you know you have a longevity gene? The scientific name for the gene is FOXO3. Research has proven that this gene protects against aging. But for most of us, there's one small problem with this gene.

The problem is that it acts only as protection against aging — it doesn't actually help us live longer. But new research suggests you can fix this problem. Here's how.

About one in three people carry a version of the FOXO3 gene that actually helps them live longer. It's a true longevity gene. However, the other two out of three people need to have this gene activated in order for it to turn into a longevity gene. Once you activate it, the gene will act like the longevity version and help you live longer.

The question, then, is how do you activate it? The good news is it's not as hard as you might think.

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Researchers from the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, found one simple nutrient can activate this gene. What's unusual about this nutrient is that we don't typically think of taking it for anti-aging. Instead, we usually take it to prevent and fight eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma.

The nutrient is astaxanthin. I've told you in the past how great this nutrient is for your eyes. But now, it turns out that it "activates" the FOXO3 gene and helps you live longer.

In this study, the researchers fed mice either normal food or food containing a low or high dose of astaxanthin. The animals fed the higher amount of astaxanthin experienced a significant increase in the activation of the FOXO3 gene in their heart tissue. "We found a nearly 90% increase in the activation of the FOXO3 'Longevity Gene' in the mice fed the higher dose...." said one of the researchers. A 90% increase in activation is substantial. Obviously, the researchers want to do further testing on humans. But there's no need to wait.

We already know astaxanthin is extremely good for your eyes and brain. Now we see that it's good for the heart and for anti-aging. So if you're not already taking care of your eyes using Advanced Vision Formula, now is the time to do so. Not only will it help keep your eyes young, it can keep the rest of you young as well.

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