Science

On aging.

Healthy aging, prevention, anti-aging and longevity are in the focus of society and thus in the focal point of our research. The secrets of aging may not be completely deciphered for a long time to come. However, with latest findings of scientific researches, we gain substantial insights that point towards one capital factor: The cells play a key role.

 

Cells. The smallest unit of life.

Our body cells and what they do for us.

Everywhere in our body are cells whose functionality is essential for our general state of health. They are the smallest unit of life, but they play a major role in the human body because a multitude of vital processes take place in them. They store certain substances, such as oxygen, and release them when needed. They also carry out their own metabolic processes to produce energy. The small power stations of our cells, the mitochondria, utilise the energy gained from food from our blood and make it available to our body when needed. In addition, they can multiply, communicate with each other and send vital signals to other cells and organs.

Autophagy is the central cellular process enabling us experience the longest phase of life in a self-determined and healthy way.

The importance of autophagy in biomedicine has been recognized to the extent that Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2016 for his extended understanding of this vital cellular mechanism.

Different cell types with different tasks.

There are various, different cell types within our body, which age at different speeds and therefore have different life spans. With increasing age, however, cell production and cell purification slow down and cell loss occurs naturally. Also, the cell functions become slower and often work less smoothly than before. To a certain extent this is unavoidable and can be seen to be normal. However, if an above-average number of cells die or become obsolete, our organism becomes diseased.

Keep your cells active.

If we want to stay healthy on the long run, we must take good care of our cells. Regular exercise, a healthy, balanced diet, sufficient sleep and avoiding stress help us to keep our cells in good health. Especially actively supporting the body’s own cell recycling and cell renewal process, the so-called autophagy, can have a major impact on our cellular health. It ensures that harmful cellular waste is disposed of and thus keeps our cells young and healthy. However, this process also decreases with age, but it can be supported by a healthy lifestyle, a conscious diet and regular and regular fasting periods.

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Prevent oxidative stress.

Avoiding oxidative stress is also very important in preventive cell care. If the balance between antioxidants and free radicals is disturbed, this leads to a cellular stress state which can damage certain cell structures. Free radicals are not solely bad or harmful. They activate our little cellular power stations and even support our immune system by suppressing degenerated cells and pathogens. However, the free radicals used by the body must be compensated. If this does not happen, the harmful effect of the free radicals will predominate, and cell and organ damage may occur. Possible causes for this are an unbalanced diet, stress, medication, drugs, environmental toxins, excessive physical exertion and UV radiation. By avoiding these possible triggers and ensuring a balanced diet, oxidative stress can be prevented. The intake of antioxidants (such as zinc) through food and the sufficient supply of certain vitamins (e.g. vitamin B1) additionally protect the cells from oxidative stress.

spermidineLIFE®

Together with the research facility of the University of Graz, we were searching for an innovative possibility and developed a natural food supplement called spermidineLIFE®, which is a spermidine-rich wheat germ extract. In this way we contribute to a balanced diet.

Spermidine.

Spermidine is an endogenous polyamine which is present in every single body cell.

The human body is indeed capable to produce spermidine by itself, but as we age the production levels decrease drastically.

Spermidine is, however, also available in fruits, vegetables and even cheese and meat. As a matter of fact, our body synthesizes around 1/3 of the spermidine it needs, the rest is absorbed through food and dietary supplements.

Research. Life and aging.

Following the revolutionary research taking place at the University of Graz, Austria, spermidine has gained worldwide attention in recent years.

Around 100 international research teams are investigating the polyamine. In spite of the short scientific research attention, there are few substances in the world being researched and analyzed as intensively as spermidine has been.

Research plays the most central role both in our daily work and in our strategic orientation. This ensures that our ongoing product development is based on the latest scientific findings.