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Human Aging Process Biologically Reversed

Updated: Nov 26, 2020

On November 19, a revolutionary clinical study successfully accomplished the world’s longtime goal of biologically reversing the human aging process through oxygen therapy within a group of elderly adults.

Researchers in Tel Aviv University in Israel teamed up with Shamir Medical Center to conduct a study, also commonly known as the ‘Holy Grail’ study, that aimed to use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HOT) with 35 senior citizens to delay the telomere length and senescent cells accumulation in a person, two key factors in the aging process.

Telomeres are small cap-like hats on the end of chromosomes on DNA that protect them from sticking to each other and fraying. As a person ages, the length of their telomeres gets shorter, and they experience a surge in failing senescent cells.

In the study, each person was settled into a pressurized chamber filled with pure oxygen for 90 minutes a day almost every day for three months. The results reported that the participants showed an increase in the telomere length by 25% and a decrease of senescent cells by up to 37%, which was extremely similar to the telomere length and amount of senescent cells in a person 25 years prior.

“Since telomere shortening is considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of the biology of aging, many pharmacological and environmental interventions are being extensively explored in the hopes of enabling telomere elongation,” Professor Shai Efrati and co-author of the study said. “The significant improvement of telomere length shown during and after these unique protocols provides the scientific community with a new foundation of understanding that aging can indeed be targeted and reversed at the basic cellular-biological level.”

The greatest differing characteristic of this trail over others is that participants did not go through any significant diet or exercise changes, which has additionally been proven to have effects on aging.

This latest advancement puts America above other international countries in discovering more anti-aging treatments. In 2015, BioViva executive chief Liz Parrish claimed a form of gene therapy in DNA that could create everlasting effects for preventing muscle loss.

Scientists claim aging to be a disease, and just like many others, can be cured. With daily activity and early care and management of someone’s body, they can achieve a lessened extent of physical and biological aging, despite it being inevitable. Scientists globally say they will continue to conduct trial and error experiments to further their research in this field.

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