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Life Extension Magazine

July 2016

Launch Interactive Issue

Saffron Improves Vision in Aging Humans

Recent clinical studies show patients supplementing with a flower-derived spice experienced significant vision improvement as measured by seeing an average of two additional lines on the eye chart used by ophthalmologists to test vision.


NAD+ Shown to Reverse Aging Biomarkers

NAD+ is a coenzyme utilized by every cell in the body. Harvard researchers have shown that NAD+ can reverse biochemical parameters associated with aging. Higher levels of NAD+ can be restored via a unique form of vitamin B3 called nicotinamide riboside.

How Omega-3 Fights Depression

Japanese scientists recently discovered that people with higher blood levels of omega-3s had a 43% lower risk of depression. Other studies show that fish oil supplements improve effectiveness of anti-depression drugs.

Age-Reversal Research at Harvard Medical School

Harvard researcher Dr. George Church has developed an innovative gene editing technology called CRISPR/Cas9 that could transform senescent cells. He predicts this technology may reverse aging in humans. Life Extension Foundation® assisted by providing Dr. Church with gene sequencing data from its super-centenarian project.

Neurosteroidal Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury

A startling 3 to 5 million Americans are liv­ing with traumatic brain injury. Current medicine has little to provide these patients. Mark Gordon, MD, has successfully treated people with traumatic brain injury by restoring neuro-hormone levels.


As We See It

Huge Study Validates Natural Approach to Prevent Blindness

Macular degeneration is today’s leading cause of blindness. A study published by the American Medical Association found that those with the highest levels of lutein/zeaxanthin had a 41% lower risk of developing the disease. Findings showed higher blood levels of lutein/zeaxanthin markedly delayed macular degeneration even after it was diagnosed.

In The News

Overnight fasting inhibits breast cancer; vitamin D improves heart function; metformin promotes heart attack recovery; vitamin C inhibits cataracts; taurine improves ED; vitamin C increases longevity, and more.

Research Update

Reishi Mushrooms Prevent Obesity in Mice

A new study in overweight mice has found that Reishi mushrooms can reduce body weight and prevent weight gain and fat accumulation by acting as a unique prebiotic. While this has not yet been tested in humans, the benefits are intriguing and show potential in the fight against obesity.

Author Interview

The Right to Try

In her new book, The Right To Try: How the Federal Government Prevents Americans from Getting the Lifesaving Treatments They Need, Darcy Olsen documents how the FDA delays medical innovation and new lifesaving medicines from reaching patients.

Wellness Profile

Own Your Health: Mackie Shilstone

Mackie Shilstone, 65, is America’s most successful fitness coach with clients ranging from Peyton Manning to Serena Williams. For Life Extension® he reveals his longevity secrets including exercise, diet, and supplements.

Book Review

The Menopause Cure Hormonal Health

In her new book, Jill D. Davey explains how bioidentical hormones mitigate the complaints of menopausal or perimenopausal women. The Menopause Cure: Hormonal Health is an in-depth guide to restoring women’s health.

Journal Abstracts