An extract from a Chinese plant called Astragalus is being touted as a potential key to solving the mystery of aging. It is sold in bottles of 90 pills under the formula name TA-65.
Dr. Deborah Harding of the Harding Anti-Aging Center in Orlando says she has been aware of the product for some time but did not offer it to her patients until recently because it had been too expensive.
"The price has come down," she says, "But it's not $22.99, it's $200 for a month's supply."
Harding says no one claims that the formula provides instant rejuvenation , but she has personally experienced "a big difference" in how she feels since she started taking the supplement.
"The dose is anywhere between one and four pills," Harding said. "I was taking one a day now I'm taking two."
Harding says her patients report renewed vigor, better eye sight , better skin and in some cases thicker eyelashes roughly 6 months to a year after they start taking the supplement.
The science is based on the Nobel Prize winning discovery of telomeres and telomerase the key to the decay or aging of DNA.
Researchers say the telomerase enzyme actually lengthens telomeres which in theory could be a key to reversing illness, obesity, and aging.
The original clinical trials using TA-65 were conducted in 2007.
Patients reported "apparent improvement in certain immune system measures, eye sight, certain sexual function measures and certain skin properties."
63 year old Valerie Carnes of Winter Haven was one of the original test subjects .
"I'm going to say two to three years into taking it (TA-65) I looked back and said wow look what I did look what I accomplished, " Carnes said. "I would call it the fountain of youth, I would."
Dr. William Andrews, one of the top researchers in the field says TA-65 is presently "the only potential cure for telomere shortening," however he concedes the data" are not overwhelming enough yet to convince scientists that TA-65 is, in fact, extending health span and life span."
Dr. Carol Greider one of the three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize for the telomeres –telomerase discovery is one of TA-65's biggest critics.
"People think this might actually change the life span of a person," Greider said. "That is not the case."
A study published in the September 2008 online edition of the prestigious journal Lancet Oncology shows that a healthy lifestyle increases telomerase and is beneficial in controlling the aging process.
Dr. Harding says that is consistent with what she is seeing at her practice.
"Everything you do to keep yourself healthy is going to extend the telomeres, it's going to make those cells live longer," she said.
For more information on TA-65 call the Harding Anti-Aging Center at 407-210-2101 or go tohttp://www.tasciences.com/
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