Eternal Life 2
August 10, 2011 § 1 Comment
When it comes to looking younger, extreme measures are par for the course. The search for lucratively “youth-giving” substances never stops: one of the latest contenders is fucoxanthin, which is found in brown algae. It can significantly prevent wrinkling, particularly in sunburnt skin, Japanese scientists reported earlier this month in the journal Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry. Then there is Inneov Fermete — a daily red pill that supposedly contains the nutrients to promote youthful f lesh. It contains lycopene, the red carotene pigment in tomatoes, vitamin C and isof lavones, which are extracted from soya beans. All are supposed to firm your skin — at a rather stiff cost of £25 for a tenday supply, via the internet.
Others are injecting themselves with human growth hormone (HGH), another clinically unproven therapy and one that doctors warn may be hazardous to long-term health. Nevertheless, growing numbers of Britons are buying it over the internet in the belief that it offers a chemical fountain of youth. HGH has celebrity fans in Blondie’s Deborah Harry, 66, and Nick Nolte, the star of The Prince of Tides and 48 Hrs. Nolte began injecting himself with the hormone as he approached his 60th birthday. “I haven’t met anybody who has dignity with decay,” Nolte, now 70, has declared. “The point is to stay as healthy as you can up to death.” Nolte is a leading proponent of lifepreserving chemicals. He admits to spending tens of thousands of dollars a year on an anti-ageing regimen that includes daily megadoses of hormones and vitamins.
But over the past three decades science has focused on refining its quest for a truly effective elixir of youth. It first proposed oestrogen replacement and then testosterone injections. Then there was chromium. And beta-carotene. More recently, resveratrol, an extract of red wine, has been touted by pharmaceutical companies as increasing longevity by protecting cells from decay. There have been some promising signs in worms and mice. Sadly for boozers, no independent studies yet support its benefits in humans.