In the ever-present strive to find the fountain of youth, scientists may have come one step closer after research uncovered a secret protein that keeps heart tissue young.
This may be the key to forever preventing heart attack and stroke.
The study, conducted by Harvard, and published in the magazine, Cell, used mice to find the remarkable protein.
With techniques used for many decades to join the circulatory systems of 2 animals together, scientists found that by joining old mice with young mice, the heart tissue in the old mice improved dramatically.
This pointed to the existence of a molecule in the blood of young mice that isn’t present in old ones. The good news is that the researchers have actually isolated it.
The molecule, called growth differentiating factor-11 (GDF-11) seems to be responsible for the vim and vigor of heart muscle.
The even better news…
Scientists actually replicated the molecule with promising results. Because the concentration of this molecule in the blood declines with age, heart muscle begins to stiffen and thicken, causing heart disease.
Now that the molecule is able to be replicated, there may someday be hope for treatment of heart disease for aging populations. And hopefully they’ll be able to do this in a somewhat natural way without causing side effects.
In the meantime, it is best to live the healthy, organic lifestyle to prevent losing youthful proteins in the first place.
To improve heart health the two most important factors are, of course, lowering both cholesterol and high blood pressure.
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But first, please let us know what you think and leave your comment below.
Where is this protein found naturally? Thanks for the information.
If this protein exists in younger mice but declines in older ones, it must be naturally occurring, unless it is produced only by the body. As one respondent asked, is there any way to get this naturally in your diet?
ANYONE who blithely talks about "lowering cholesterol" is way out of date and should refrain from offering ANY advice until that serious information deficit is corrected. It is a now PROVEN FACT that high cholesterol is a survival indicator in older humans.
I had slight high blood pressure when the doctor put me on statins and I suffered more with them than I did with slight high blood pressure and I had no idea through out the 10 years I was on them that they were the cause of my problems till I went to my natural health shop and asked for something for all the problems I was suffering and not wanting something that would react with medication from my Doctor as soon as I told her of the statins she knew immediately what was wrong with me, I came off them stared taking Q10 and feel a lot better today even though I am left with side effects.
Once again the old chestnut – Cholesterol – is being touted as a problem. Low cholesterol is more dangerous for CVD than high cholesterol. Only Pattern B LDL is a concern and so far not much has been done to test for it.
How reliable is this health report information?
sounds so interesting and workable I just wish I could afford to buy the books.
If we are eating organic food, no processed food and take care of ourselves… we can live healthy and stay young longer… but… we also have to consider that “they” might put stuff on our organic food like the antibiotic on some organic fruits. We don’t know everything. There is also all those toxic elements in the air we breathe now, chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc… coming from who knows where, the stuff your neighbors are sparying on their lawn to have it bright green and also that spray to destroy the dandelions — would be more healthy to just eat them in salad no? It is packed with anti-oxydant.
In short, I am 1,000% sure that the element they found… this youth protein… can be found in our food or herbs but our surrounding has to be as “pure” as it can be also. It is more than just oneself awareness… it has to be collective.
Now, they “isolate” that element… but as usual, they forget that we are a whole, not just an element and I am pretty sure that this element act in synergy with other elements and, if separated from the whole, will not be fully effective or could bring more imbalance in the body in the long term. We are a marvelous machine and a complex chemical unit… one imbalance and it brings sickness.
Going by this discovery, it will do a lot of people good if you can explain in a plain language that everyone reading this article will understand because not very many people understands most of the medical jargon used..