I have a group of friends that I know through John Smart
Acceleration Studies Foundation
. Many of them are into “life extension” and real modern
health research. My wife and I recently went to a weekend retreat
in Big Sur California with a large group and hung out talking tech and
planning this year.
One of the topics that came up was Ray Kurzweil‘s new book Fantastic Voyage
. As quoted from the web site:
Immortality is within our grasp . . .In Fantastic Voyage, high-tech
visionary Ray Kurzweil teams up with life-extension expert Terry Grossman, M.D.,
to consider the awesome benefits to human health and longevity promised by the
leading edge of medical science–and what you can do today to take full
advantage of these startling advances. Citing extensive research findings that
sound as radical as the most speculative science fiction, Kurzweil and Grossman
offer a program designed to slow aging and disease processes to such a degree
that you should be in good health and good spirits when the more extreme
life-extending and life-enhancing technologies–now in development–become
available. This bridge to the future will enable those who dare to make the
journey from this century to the next . . . and beyond.
There is a lot of interesting research going on in the world, and this
book begins to outline some theories about how we can assist our bodies
in their operation, and how to stay healthy while new sciences discover
new ways to allow us to live longer.
During some of the discussions, there was a consistant agreement that
three daily supplements are showing great signs of keeping you healthy
and full of energy.
Enteric Coated Fish Oil (Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
Co-enzyme Q10 (coQ10)
I recently read a great article in NewScientist “11 steps to a better brain” which mentioned the Fish Oil again:
Brains are around 60 per cent fat, so if trans-fats clog up the system, what
should you eat to keep it well oiled? Evidence is mounting in favour of omega-3
fatty acids, in particular docosahexaenoic acid or DHA. In other words, your
granny was right: fish is the best brain food. Not only will it feed and
lubricate a developing brain, DHA also seems to help stave off dementia. Studies
published last year reveal that older mice from a strain genetically altered to
develop Alzheimer’s had 70 per cent less of the amyloid plaques associated with
the disease when fed on a high-DHA diet.
Ok … sold. I found this supplement as capsuls on the Costco website. Added to the shopping list.
The next thing that I went looking for was coQ10 and so I searched Google for coQ10. While reading through a bunch of these links, I then found some comments about coQ10 and statin drugs.
These are the class of drugs that include Lipitor and Zocor, and are
used to lowering cholesterol levels in the blood. For over a year
now I have been taking Zocor, and so this peaked my interest. Not
only is coQ10 something of value to the average person, it appears that
coQ10 has some extra value to statin drug users. (Whoa … a drug
user!) I read “Side Effects of Lipitor, Zocor, and Other Statin Drugs“, and also “CoQ10“.
Ok … again I’m sold. I also found this one on teh Costco web
site. Added this one to the shopping list and ran over to buy
As of yesterday I’m adding these two to my diet, and now I’m going to
investigate the third … time to read up about “Alpha-lipoic acid” …
interesting stuff …