Our ancient ancestors supposedly lived for hundreds, even thousands of years. This seems impossible, yet, from Noah to Adam, to Abraham, from biblical times pre-flood, all the way to the Chinese Qin and Tang Dynasty, records support the astronomical figures. It may sound crazy but Noah's 500 years, Abraham's 175 and in ancient China, super-centenarians were also commonplace, according to many texts.
Many people in the health field love to expound that today we are living longer than ever before. However, there is a difference between lifespan and life expectancy. One of the biggest misconceptions is that we are living longer. The fact of the matter is, we've pretty much had a nearly constant lifespan for the last 2000 years. Various factors attributable largely to a decline in half of the leading causes of death including heart disease, homicide, and influenza), the increase in life expectancy between 1907 and 2007 was largely due to a decreasing infant mortality rate, which was 9.99 percent in 1907; 2.63 percent in 1957; and 0.68 percent in 2007. - See more at here.
One of the fastest growing and largest industries is anti-aging. Man's obsession with mortality has led to many fads to try to stop the hands of time. Botox, facelifts, plastic surgery and augmentation to special diets, gadget's, creams, pills, and potions. So it's no wonder that we are turning to science to unravel the mystery of aging and perhaps figure out not exactly how to stop it, but to make the experience better.
Elysium Health hasn't discovered the fountain of youth, but their new supplement—with the backing of some of the world's foremost authorities on aging—could change how you get older.
Say someone came up to you selling a dietary supplement—a pill that you take once a day—that could boost your energy, improve your body’s ability to repair its DNA, and keep you healthier as you get older.
It might sound like a scam, or more likely just another in a sea of confusing, undifferentiated claims that make up the $20 billion dollar supplement industry.
But let’s say that someone is MIT’s Lenny Guarente, one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of aging research. And he’s being advised by five Nobel Prize winners and two dozen other top researchers in their fields. You might pay a little more attention.
THE SCIENTIST AND THE STARTUP
Cofounding a supplement company seems an unlikely career move for someone like Guarente, a man who is one of the most well-respected scientists in his field. ("It is a departure," Guarente admits). Mostly, for him, getting involved in Elysium Health is a decision born out of opportunity and frustration. The opportunity is the chance to make a difference by translating findings in the booming field of aging research directly to consumers today. The frustration is that doing this has taken so long in the first place.
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