The accumulated damage is called oxidative stress. Biochemically, the aging process begins around age 20. Aging is very complex with no single cause. But, the process begins inside your cells. There are 3 primary theories on aging. The Free Radical Theory Aging (1956)
Free Radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells. They are created by everyday things like breathing, eating, exercise, and pollution. The accumulated damage is called oxidative stress. It’s a biological form of rusting. Think of how an apple turns brown. That’s oxidative stress. It increases with age. Antioxidant foods are supposed to reduce it. But they aren’t powerful enough.
Is there something powerful enough?
Yes, a million times more powerful. The Mitochondrial Theory of Aging (1972). Mitochondria are the power plants of the cell. Mitochondria are linked to pathways in the body that regulate the life span. Over time they begin to decay. Mitochondrial efficiency declines with age. Ever notice that younger people have more energy?
Can we boost Mitochondrial Production?
Yes, we can activate a pathway to boost mitochondrial production. The Sirtuin Theory on Aging (1999). Sirtuin is a set of special proteins that keep us alive. They require a helper molecule called NAD+. Sirtuin and NAD+ levels decline with age. Key systems begin to lose efficiency and can malfunction.
Can we boost Sirtuin and NAD+ Levels in the Body?
Yes, in fact, we can double it.
We defined aging. Will age define you?