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Heavy Water Could Extend Lifespan in Humans by Preventing Free Radical Damage

By Mike Adams, November 30, 2008 | Key concepts: Heavy water, Hydration and Anti-aging

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Russian biochemist Mikhail Shchepinov may be on to something big. He's been developing heavy water technology and testing it on various animals to see how the substance might reduce free radical damage and extend lifespan.

Although results are preliminary, one test with fruit flies showed an increased lifespan of 30 percent.

Heavy water is just like H2O except that the hydrogen atoms are replaced with deuterium, making D2O. Because heavy isotopes have stronger chemical bonds, they resist oxidation far better than the lighter hydrogen molecules. As a result, they act sort of like "oxidation body armor" for cells.

And because aging is caused in part by the free radical breakdown of cellular function, heavy water should extend lifespan when consumed by humans or animals. That's the theory, at least, and Shchepinov has formed a company called Retrotope (www.Retrotope.com) to find out if his theories are correct.

Of course, aging involves a lot more than just free radical damage. A lot of recent research on anti-aging focuses on telomeres and preventing their fragmentation or shortening. One company even claims that an extract from the Chinese herb astragalus prevents the shortening of telomeres, extending lifespan.

There are a lot of promising anti-aging technologies on the horizon, but the reality of the situation is that consumers could extend their lifespan right now by 20 - 30 percent by simply avoiding processed meat, getting regular exercise, eating a largely plant-based diet and avoiding exposure to toxic chemicals in foods, drugs, personal care products and home environments.

Every time you take a pharmaceutical or eat junk food, you are accelerating your aging. And it doesn't take a genius to figure out that one good way to live longer is to stop killing yourself with DNA-damaging chemicals.

If you're looking for existing water technology that can protect your body from free radical damage right now, take a look at water alkalizer machines. One of the best machines I've seen is the Chanson water alkalizer from www.HealingWaterMachines.com

They carry a number of different alkaline water machines, and they're all powerful pieces of technology that can help protect your health when used correctly (between meals, not during meals).

I have no financial involvement with HealingWaterMachines or Chanson.

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Heavy Water Could Extend Lifespan in Humans by Preventing Free Radical Damage

From Newscientist.com: The reason oxygen radicals are so dangerous is that they have a voracious appetite for electrons, which they rip out of anything they can lay their hands on - water, proteins, fats, DNA - leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. This damage gradually builds up over a lifetime and eventually leads the body's basic biochemical processes to fail.... more

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