Healthy And Wellness Living Overview

This is a part of the Healthy and Wellness Living Series, which contains the following:

  • Overview
  • Age Defying
  • Joint, Bone and Connective Tissue Health
  • Brain Health
  • Digestive Health
  • Energy and Alertness
  • Eye Health
  • Beauty
  • Heart and Cardiovascular Health
  • Immune Support
  • Sexual Health

As we age and grow older, our bodies too age and grow older - they undergo physiological changes and do not function as smooth and well as they use to...and this loss is normal, it is the normal degeneration of our body because of several internal and external factors.

Internally, our hormones are no longer created in the amount and balance to build and maintain good health as before. Our stomach and digestion will become slower and less efficient, resulting in poorer absorption of nutrients and energy.

Externally, time, environment and stress wears our system which naturally increases the need for very specific nutrients. You see, a nutrient-deficit diet will definitely reduce our body's ability to function what more to repair damage, so the chain reaction of breakdown of our body's system will happen.

Other external stresses including:

  • poor sleep-wake cycle/rest
  • poor nutrition/diet
  • sedentary lifestyle/inactivity
  • mental and emotional pressures
  • environmental pollutants inhaled or consumed

Frankly, the science of age-defying/anti-aging has truly come a long, long way. Individuals who are truly serious about improving their health and extending their lives are taking additional age-defying supplements to compensate and counter age-related degeneration and deficits.

Anti aging and age-defying supplementation utilizes the latest scientific nutritional research which slows down conditions that relate or cause aging, through optimal nutrition as well as cellular health support.

You see, our body needs optimal nutrients to function normally and to counter pre-mature aging - if your body runs in nutrient-deficit, you can be assured that you'd have accelerated aging. It's like a car - put fuel in it and maintain the car with good brake oil, engine oil, spark plug etc - and the car runs super well.

If you put in bad fuel, bad parts...what happens? It's quite straight forward, and we all know this - it'd be terrible soon, and you can prepare for a major overhaul.

Same thing for our bodies - bad fuel in, poor maintenance - sooner or later, we'd have accelerated and aggravated aging or worse. Our bodies need optimal high quality nutrients to function well and prevent premature aging, so one of the focus that we need to have on an ongoing perspective is to have and take an adequate supply of correct high quality nutrients and ensure that all our core processes and systems are in check and in harmony.

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Overview of Aging

There are some researchers, scientists and physicians that suggest that aging is actually a disease, and to me, it's not really a fair description.

You see, aging is not really a disease but it is a natural process of life over time. It's natural. Look, we cannot truly 100% reverse aging at this point in time but we can help to slow it down to an optimal level.

So...how long should we live for?

This topic is filled with a lot of debate and disagreements.

Some scientists have made some stark claims - that we can live up to 200+ years old! Hmm - to me, that's a little far fetched for now.

So the position of Xtend-Life is that they believe that it is possible to live to the maximum human life span of 120 years old, and that to achieve this, your life has to be very well balanced. This means that your lifestyle, your diet, the amount and type of exercises you participate in consistently, the environment you live in as well as your nutrient intake needs to be as optimal as possible.

On top of that, you have to aim to achieve inner peace or, at least avoid excess stresses in your life.

What they believe is that in the next 20 to 50 years, we all will be seeing more and more people living to the age of 120 years in good health. In the past, it's never been well or good to live that long because only in the recent years that science and research and begun to finally put together what causes rapid aging.

Xtend-Life, being a natural nutritional and supplement company, they naturally focus on what our bodies need to ensure the optimal nutrient intake to prevent and counter degenerative diseases from taking root or spreading.

This is one of the most fundamental and vital components to living a healthy and long life that is free from degenerative diseases. You see, by intaking adequate and consistent supply of optimal and correct nutrients, and also we have to ensure that our body is in the best shape and condition to accept as well as metabolize those nutrients, we can help to slow down the four main causes of aging:

  • Free Radicals
  • Glycation
  • Methylation
  • Inflammation

And only by addressing these four components of aging do we have a better chance to prevent and avoid the 5th and worse component of aging and degenerative disease which is hormonal deregulation.

Xtend-Life to me, provides the best natural age-defying, anti-aging health supplements and products to help counter and slow down these four components. Trust me, being a professional in the medical industry (I'm not a doctor, but I've been a hand therapist since 2005 and practice in hospitals - now I run my own practice, so we cannot simply make claims).

Xtend-Life's provides cutting-edge, researched health supplements to ensure that our bodies are able to absorb the nutrients from our diets and from our supplements optimally, and this in turn reduces stresses and strain on our digestive system, which is one of the most important systems and functions in our bodies (because if we cant eat/absorb nutrients, our bodies are in serious trouble).

The sixth component is our digestive system - if this system is unbalanced, stressed continuously, stores excess toxins and not able to function optimally, it'd likely be one of the root causes of most future degenerative diseases, as well as the many common symptoms such as:

  • fatigue
  • aches and pains
  • tiredness
  • bad skin
  • acne
  • bloating
  • gas
  • and more

Free Radicals

First and foremost, free radicals are created by a process called oxidation. This free radicals are nasty stuff - in numbers they will serve to accelerate your aging rate and is really detrimental to your health and well being.

These free radicals are simple molecules with an electron missing, and this makes them search for electrons so that they can be "whole again", and how they do this is to seek out other chemical structures in our bodies where they can steal an election.

Here's the problem: when they steal an election from another tissue or structure, that tissue/structure is left seriously damaged (it's like stealing a tyre or engine off a car - the car becomes useless).

So free radicals are normal and in small and controlled quantities they are ok and may even be helpful in normal everyday metabolism and they are part of normal reactions in our bodies. The problem only starts when the production of these free radicals increases and is not managed.

The thing is, oxidation is definitely and 100% unavoidable - as long as we breath oxygen in there will be oxidation in our bodies and so the creation of free radicals will always be there.

Ok, in our perfect world, there is no pain, no pollution, perfect diets, perfect bodies and no stresses, and the level of free radical activities will be normal and they wouldn't be any problems at all, and we would all live to good old age of more than 100 years old and healthy.

Of course, that is not the case today - we are battered with pollutants in our air, our waters, our food; our machines exude radiation, our phones too; second hand smoke, nutrient-deficit diets, poor sleep, and exposure to large range of toxic chemicals in our everyday (even in our beds and furnitures - yes, this is true).

Ok, collectively that is certainly bad news for us that lives in modern and urban cities and world. To counter this, there are 3 things that you can do:

  • Environmentally by avoiding pollution, radiation etc. quite impossible if you live in a ‘civilized’ populated area
  • You neutralize free radicals by antioxidants
  • You increase the elimination of cells damaged by free radicals

So How does antioxidants neutralize free radicals?

The simplest way to look at it is that antioxidants will give an electron to a free radical molecule without hurting themselves, and this is natural. It's nature's way of keeping the oxidation levels and processes in harmony.

Truthfully, oxidation is a vital tool of nature, without it, then nothing would degrade or decompose, and if that happens, it's really bad for the earth (we'd be surrounded by rubbish that cannot decompose).

But, like all things, everything has to be in balance.

Forty or fifty years ago (1950s), free radicals wasn't a problem at all, and this is because:

  • foods then were very nourishing and nutrient rich, and normal and contained adequate antioxidants - this is not the case today

  • the levels of pollution, radiation, toxins in food and chemicals in our everyday environment wasn't so high

  • the levels of stresses aren't so much

There are some "experts" who claim that it's possible to get enough antioxidants from our diets today to control and regulate free radical activities in our bodies...and this is pure balooney. That's not accurate at all, and this thinking is dangerous.

Here's the reason why: today we have a double whammy - there is not only much much higher levels of stresses, pollution, radiation and contaminants that increases the free radical creation rate BUT we also have another problem: massive depletion of antioxidants from our food supply.

Some Examples of antioxidants…

In the world, there are really more than hundreds of antioxidants, and each of them with different levels of potency and effectiveness.

For example, the common vitamins that almost everyone has heard of are vitamins A, C and E, these are antioxidants but they're quite weak, like selenium. Yes, they are necessary but they won't be as effective to a really strong and potent antioxidant such as L-Gluthathione.

Our human bodies produce L-Glutathione as long as our internal system functions well and is balance, but we do encourage and recommend that you supplement directly with it (because sometimes our bodies have to spend more effort countering "surprise" attacks, which makes our bodies imbalance, be it caused by fear, stress etc - best to ensure this super antioxidant is rich in our bodies by supplementing).

BUT...supplementing with L-Glutathione is not effective in most of the health supplements because of 2 reasons:

  1. Many manufacturers skim and choose the cheaper version, which is too large in size to be absorbed effectively by our bodies because it's too large to pass through intestinal walls for absorption. There is a better and smaller version of the cheaper one and is able to pass through intestinal walls - but is much more expensive than the normal sized L-Gluthathione and that's why not many manufacturer uses it.

  2. The second reason is that many manufacturers either do not realize or choose not to protect the L-Glutathione as it needs to be absorbed in the upper intestine; and has to go through the stomach first. Our stomach is highly acidic, so everything that goes in there is broken down by the acid, but if the manufacturer invest into including "enteric coating" that serves to protect the L-Glutathione, then it can safely be delivered to your upper intestine to be rapidly absorbed. Don't have this enteric coating, and it'd just be broken down and digested in the stomach, and removed from the body.

Total Balance Series uses BOTH the enteric coating technology AND the special and more expensive smaller size version of L-Glutathione, for better clinical outcomes of their consumers.

Some of the other good antioxidants which though is not as potent as L-Glutathione but are still more potent that the common vitamins includes:

  • Lutein
  • Bilberry
  • L-Carnosine
  • Grape extract
  • Green tea extract

All of these, and more are in Total Balance Series:

Is the control of free radicals the answer in avoiding premature aging and degenerative disease?

Nope.

Controlling the rate of free radical production is one part of it only, yes, if you can control this will be good, but there are another 3 factors you need to regulate to have freedom from degenerative diseases.

So the other 3 factors to manage are:

  • Glycation
  • Methylation
  • Chronic Inflammation

I'm glad to say that the Xtend-Life Total Balance anti-aging supplement range addresses all these 4 issues, and Kiwi-Klenz (formerly Digesten-K; read review here) also helps this process to kickstart by ensuring the nutrients are fully absorbed.

Glycation

Frankly, glycation is even more problematic and dangerous to you and your loved one's health when compared to free radicals.

So to understand the impact of glycation, you first need to understand the role of protein in your body - proteins are vital biological molecules that are found in almost every part of your body  and have multiple functions.

Proteins are inside the cells and makes cellular life possible. Without proteins our bodies cannot survive because these proteins function to carry oxygen and nutrients and waste to and from the tissues.

So, proteins are comprised of different amino acids, and for them to function well and properly, they need to be "free agents" meaning that they need to remain as singular molecules and be able to move around independently and perform their functions/tasks.

Ok so far? Ok, let's continue...

So there's a problem - proteins have enemies that they face every single day, and these enemies are glucose molecules, sugars and similar chemicals known as aldehydes - all these molecules can be loosely termed as glycating agents.

So what these glycating agents do is that they try to "stick" and attach themselves to the protein molecules, and when they successfully attach themselves to a protein structure, it's a problem.

What happens is that the glycating agent when stuck to a protein molecule, the combined molecule is like a mass/body/particle that floats around the body with a little bit of super-adhesive superglue stuck onto it - and the horror happens when the bit of super adhesive superglue comes into contact with another protein then that combined molecule may also attach itself to that free agent protein, and this process is called "cross linking"

Cross Linking Is Very, Very Bad

First of all, the main reason why cross linking is really bad because instead of having two good free agent proteins that helps with your body health and function and prevent premature aging...now what you have is termed as bio-chemists as:

Grotesque molecules known as AGE which is short of Advanced Glycation End-products.

...these AGEs are real nuisance and bad for your body - they move freely around your body and stick to sells and cause a more monstrous cell that produces nasty chemicals and other toxic by-products. AGEs also increases the production of amyloid beta which is a toxic substance found in the brain of older individuals and abundant in patients who suffer from Alzheimer's and dementia.

On top of that, AGEs also increase the production of free radicals which in turn creates more aldehydes which in turn creates more glycation which in turn creates more AGEs...a nasty, nasty vicious cycle begins.

Once you become aware of this, you need to do all you can to slow this process down as this singular process can create a vicious cycle of rapid cellular degeneration, aging and diseases.

To make matters worse, the glycation process also worsens and contributes heart diseases by thickening your arterial walls AND make you look older than you really are because your skin proteins and collagens will stick together, collapse then form wrinkles.

So how can you protect yourself against glycation and the formation of AGEs?

There are three actions that you can take:

  • minimize intake of glycating foods such as simple carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta, flour-based products) and sugars
  • by de-activating the aldehydes (glue) before they attach themselves to the protein
  • preventing the protein which has already got ‘glue’ on it from sticking to another protein.

The first action is self explanatory. The next two are fortunately possible thanks to recent scientific discoveries using a dipeptide known as Carnosine.

This is how Carnosine works:

Carnosine has two unique abilities.

  • Firstly it has an ability to attach to glycating ‘agents’ and neutralize them

  • The second is that it has the ability to put a protective shield around a protein molecule which already has a glycating agent attached to it - what this does is that this prevents the bad-bad ‘cross-linking’ with another protein molecule and forming an AGE.

There is no other natural substance in the world today that has been discovered that can do this, other than Carnosine. Antioxidants vitamins such as vitamin C and E although helpful for free radicals, they do nothing to prevent glycation. Same thing to other antioxidants.

Then you may ask yourself...why do consumers generally do not understand or have heard of glycation?

It's really economics - fundamentally, Carnosine is a very expensive nutrient and so most manufacturers do not supply it (when manufacturers supply something, rest assured you'll hear everything about it and its nutrients...but anything that is excluded is usually either because its too expensive or too hard to implement).

Xtend Life has been using them in all their Total Balance products since 2005 - in fact, they were one of the first supplement companies in the world to use this for this specific purpose.

But tell me, How much do you need?

Similar to many nutrients in the world, there is no actual and real evidence to support that "more is better" (in fact, medically, there is a term called "toxicity" meaning that too much may be toxic, hence "just right" is more important).

The generally accepted dosage is between 50 mgs to 150 mgs per day. Xtend-Life includes 100 mgs of Carnosine in a daily dose of Total Balance age-defying anti-aging health supplement. Also, like most nutrients, carnosine works better in synergy with a wide range of other nutrients.

Also for maximum absorption and maximum benefits, the carnosine should be protected and incorporated in an enteric coated tablet such as Xtend Life Total Balance series so that it's released in your upper intestine (and not torn apart/digested in our acidic stomach). The reason for this is because carnosine is a di-peptide that is made of two amino acids and hydrochloric acid and in the stomach, the acidity splits the structure of the carnosine hence reducing its effectiveness.

So if you want to do your best to protect yourself against glycation and AGEs and the damages it can cause our bodies, then you should consider supplementing with carnosine every day its the correct form. Remember that it takes time to build up this protection and to reverse/undo the damage that has already built up in your body.

And because it works best in combination with other nutrients, it is best not to take carnosine on its own. Also, glycation is but one of the four main causes of aging and degeneration - you also need to address:

You must also address:

  • Free Radicals
  • Methylation
  • Chronic Inflammation

The Xtend-Life Total Balance anti-aging range addresses these four concerns, and their Kiwi-Klenz (formerly Digesten-K, read Xtend Life Kiwi Klenz review here) formula helps the body to properly and fully absorb and assimilate all the nutrients contained in Total Balance to ensure they can get to work in an optimal state.

Methylation

Ok here's a fact: without methylation, our body will go into dysfunction really quickly, and we will die in just a few days.

If our body's methylation process is not working at an optimal level, it will lead into multiple health problems that will not only accelerate your aging process, but also cause health issues internally.

ok...What is methylation?


To explain this, there is a process which certain chemical called "methyl groups" are added to different types of structures such as proteins, DNA and other molecules, and this process is required to keep them working in good condition.

Give you an example: if the anti-depressant, "feel-good" brain chemical called serotonin is not methylated, it will become inactive, means that it doesn't work anymore and hence will lead to you becoming depressed.

And that's just one of the many chemicals/compounds in your body that needs to be methylated, and if they are not methylated, it will lead to very serious and bad health consequences.

The most important methylation process happens when it is applied to homocysteine, which is a byproduct of an important amino acid called methionine and what remains when methionine is used to methylate your proteins and DNA.

Homocysteine needs to me methylated to convert it back to methionine, and if this process doesn't occur then your body is headed for disaster.

Homocysteine is implicated in:
  • Heart disease and stroke by encouraging the clumping together of platelets
  • Higher levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol from reacting with iron and copper ions to produce free radicals
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s
  • Liver Disease
  • Depression
  • Aging in general, in that homocysteine is believed to accelerate the destruction of telomeres

But this is only "part" of the methylation story.

Methylation of certain parts of our DNA can "turn off" unnecessary genes and even prevent abnormal DNA division. This means that you can "block" bad stuff and abnormalities from passing to your future generations...and this is a very important aspect of successful aging.

As we grow older and age, the methylation processes in our body slows down and becomes less efficient, and this leads to a build-up of homocysteine, DNA damage and the development of other methylation-related effects such as depression.

That's why you need to ensure that the methylation process in your body is constantly balanced/rebalanced if you want to have a long and healthy life that is free from degenerative diseases. The focus is balanced - cannot be too much, nor too little, and more importantly, your body can and will balance your methylation processes if you give it the proper fuel and nutrients to do so.

What's this fuel?

So there are generally 3 groups of compounds that are helpful in the methylation processes with different levels of efficacy - they are the:

  • B-Vitamins: B6, B12 and folic acid
  • Tri-Methyl-Glycine (TMG), also known as Betaine and
  • SAMe

The B-Vitamins are important as a co-factor rather than a direct solution for methylation, and this is so as we get older, these vitamins tends to be a little slower and progressively less effective/efficient.

The most effective methylating agent is SAMe which is S-Adenosyl-Methionine and is a natural compound that is found in all living cells. It is created in our bodies by combining the amino acid methionine and ATP (adenosine triphosphate). The science confirming the effectiveness of SAMe as the best methylating agent is confirmed and non-disputable in the world of science and health.

Although SAMe can be taken as a supplement but it is not readily available for two reasons:

  1. It MUST be taken in enteric coated form because SAMe is very susceptible to the stomach acid

  2. It is very, very expensive

Xtend-Life includes SAMe in their Neuro-Natural anti aging supplement (read review here) which are enteric coated and have recently been incorporated into their Xtend Life Total Balance Series (all which are enteric coated as well)

All Total Balance anti aging products has effective methylating agents in the form of:

  • B vitamins and folic acid
  • Methionine and ATP
  • Tri-Methyl-Glycine (TMG/Betaine)

Adding SAMe into Total Balance will further enhance the existing methylating abilities of the current products. We also have to remember that Methylation is only one important component. There are 4 key components in protecting DNA and aging successfully, free from degenerative disease.

The others are:

  • Free Radicals
  • Glycation
  • Chronic Inflammation

Total Balance addresses all four issues.

Inflammation

On top of having to deal with free radicals, glycation and methylation, your body also has to fight daily and long term inflammation - unfortunately, this is an ongoing battle and will continue for a long time to come.

Together with the other three issues (free radicals, glycation and methylation), the causes of inflammation are interconnected and cannot be just "pinned" to one item only - they all are connected.

Uncontrolled inflammation will destroy your body. Some scientists and researchers believe that chronic inflammation is the main culprit causing most age related damage, as excessive inflammation increases the production of toxic chemicals which eats/damages body tissues.

As a health care professional, we see this everyday, and after injuries, we help our patients to facilitate healing by facilitating and managing their inflammation together with modalities and movement to improve their movement and independence. Too much repeated inflammation and there will be structural changes, prolonged pain and even leads to chronic pain and swelling.

Excessive inflammation leads to heart diseases, dementia, arthritis and diabetes and other physical and physiological conditions.

An example is MDA (malondialdehyde) which is a dangerous chemical byproduct that is formed in your body as a result of actions caused by free radicals on the fatty membranes of your cells. In fact, it is a major factor in the production of AGEs from glycation. This same chemical, MDA, is also implicated in inflammation...showing how the four components are interconnected.

long term solution: Cut the problematic supply line!

Following the example of MDA…

So if you reduce the number of free radicals in your body through the use of antioxidants then this will lead to a reduction of the oxidation of your cell membranes which will in turn reduce the formation of MDA which in turn will reduce glycation and thus the formation of AGEs…and this will help reduce inflammation.

In other words...going to to source/core and correcting at the source, rather than dealing with the symptoms.

Unfortunately it's just not possible to control all the free radicals in your body so no matter how many antioxidants you take, MDA is still going to be created…and will continue to attempt to produce AGEs which in turn can contribute to inflammation. This is why it is so important to consistently take Carnosine in addition to taking antioxidants to minimize the creation of AGEs.

Again, not all AGEs can be avoided and by extension, not all inflammatory processes can be avoided too, so you have to try your best to address inflammation on top of the three concerns above.

If you don’t, your ‘anti-aging’ or ‘wellness’ program can never be successful.

A component of inflamation is excitotoxicity - if excitotoxicity is "allowed to be prevalent/continue", it will lead to the death of brain cells, which gradually leads to strokes and alzheimer's and dementia.

Excitotoxicity happens when your brain cells get overly stimulated/excited due to the increase glutamate in your diet (think of MSG and other flavor enhancers) - nasty stuff.

Fortunately Carnosine can protect against excessive excitotoxicity.

There is a nother dangerous chemical related to chronic inflammation which is tumour necrosis factor (TNF), which actively promotes the degeneration of your brain and nerves. TNF is activated by a combination of free radicals and AGE.

There are some doctors and internet marketers that promote Omega 3 Fish Oil as the answer to inflammation, and though there is no doubt that the anti-inflammatory component of Omega 3 is good when it comes to decreasing the impact of inflammation, but it's only dealing with one facet of a broader problem of inflammation.

Let's use TNF as an example. To keep this nasty chemical at a low level, you need to be taking nutrients that will also help such as calorie restriction mimics. This is another topic on its own but the best known natural calorie restriction mimics is resveratrol.

Key nutrients that can work in synergy with Omega 3 fish oil to reduce inflammation and the damage from it are:

  • Flavanoids
  • Alpha lipoic acid
  • Carnosine
  • Turmeric
  • Glutathion
  • Resveratrol

(all of these are present in Xtend Life Total Balance supplements)

One of the biggest challenges we face is trying to explain to customers how Xtend Life Total Balance works, because many consumers have been "told and educated" that free radicals are the main problems in any wellness or anti-aging program. And recently, consumers has been told by marketers that they need fish oil to manage inflammation.

So here's the problem: address free radicals with antioxidants and/or inflammation with fish oils will not bring you to the health you want to achieve or maintain, because that's only one part of the equation.

It takes waaaaaaay more than one nutrient to get effective and long lasting results in this very complex equation; each part has to be managed and addressed from multiple angles, and EVERY part of the equation needs to be addressed.

That's the reason why there is 75 - 99 nutrients in Xtend Life Total Balance series, and each nutrient is carefully selected for a particular reason and carefully integrated to synergise with the other nutrients.

Each individual component of each nutrient has been studied and sometimes its the component of that particular nutrient other than the common active ingredient that is selected for a particular function/benefit.

I hope that this series of explanations about free radicals, glycation, methylation and inflammation will help give you a better understanding of what you need to supplement and take in order to give your body the best possible protection against degenerative disease so that you can enjoy vibrant health as nature intended... but is so hard to achieve in modern times without a helping hand from anti aging products such as Xtend-Life’s Total Balance.

Kiwi-Klenz (formerly known as Digesten-K) plays a vital role in helping  avoid inflammation in the body. You see, our digestive system is the centre of all our other body processes. If our digestive centre isn't working effectively, all other body systems and organs will get be affected, and many of the processes and organs will undergo undue pressure and additional stress.

This in itself can lead to excess or early aging.

That's why it is vital to keep your digestive system in the best state, functioning consistently and calmly. Kiwi-Klenz (formerly Digesten-K) provides prebiotics, phenolic compounds and vital enzymes to allow this to happen and is a vital part of the beginnings of an anti-aging process.

You can find out more about this whole process on Kiwi-Klenz (formerly Digesten-K) product pages (read review here)

HGH Warning

In the recent years and decade, Human Growth Hormone (HGH) by injection has been increasingly touted as being the 'fountain of youth' and is available only by prescription.

This injection contains a synthetically produced hormone identical to human growth hormone.

How it was popularized is that a study/research by Dr Daniel Rudeman, was published in the New England Journal. This study found that over a short period of time there were improvements in signs of aging in most of the subjects participating. Some 'experts' even suggested it was equivalent to turning back the clock by 20 years.

BUT, it was a short study and most of the participants ultimately withdrew. Dr Rudeman has long deceased.

Whereas HGH injections have applications in specific cases where the patients' own natural production of HGH is impaired, it is not the 'fountain of youth' as originally suggested and indeed has possible dangerous implications for healthy adults.

HGH injections have many potential side effects. Amongst others these include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Soft tissue swelling
  • Thickening of the skin, abnormal hair growth
  • Glucose intolerance
  • Muscle weakness
  • Arthritis
  • Impotence
  • Breathing problems
  • Skin problems, rash or itchy or swollen skin.
  • Premature aging and death

The use of HGH injections also has the potential to shut down your own natural production of HGH, and if that happens, once your HGH injections are discontinued, you then have no natural HGH production and this leads to rapid deterioration of all your organs along with accelerated aging.

"The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has warned that the clinical use of growth hormone as an anti aging treatment or for patients with ordinary obesity is not recommended.”

HGH Human Growth Hormone... 'natural' hype

Recently, a Homeopathic form of HGH has been marketed extensively to the public.

These Homeopathic supplements contain synthesized HGH in minute quantities (around 1/200,000th of the dose used in the original studies by Danial Rudeman who was actually using injectable HGH in his study).

Most scientists believe that these products cannot possibly work because, if taken sublingually (dissolved under the tongue), HGH molecule is simply too big to go through the membranes of your mouth and, if taken orally, the molecule would not survive the passage to the stomach.

Many unscrupulous companies market HGH in this form, misleading customers with unrelated studies believing this to be enough to persuade them that a homeopathic 'spray' version is the solution. However, again scientists warn that this will be ineffective because the molecule is so sensitive it could not survive in such a form.

There are NO studies supporting the efficacy of these preparations.

The marketers of the homeopathic HGH products are not the only ones to mislead the consumer about the 'benefits' of their products. There is another group that use the results of Dr Rudeman's short study and relate it to a totally different product. These products are known as...

HGH precursors, which are a cocktail of amino acids and are sold globally as supplemental products.

High doses of these amino acids can and do raise your levels of HGH temporarily which is measured by Insulin Growth Factor - 1 (IGF-1)…IF you are still young. But they become less effective as you reach the age of 40 and most people over 50 get limited if any benefit.

Some promoters of these products show convincing graphs of increases in IGF-1 levels. However, what is withheld is the information that these levels can and do fall back to original levels after a few months... and often end up lower than what they were before starting the program.

This potentially has serious long-term negative effects.

HGH Bottom line...

HGH is NOT a safe 'fountain of youth' and as indicated above could actually be detrimental to your health.

Actually, you can maintain or build higher levels of HGH naturally without taking HGH as injectable or even as high dose amino acid precursors - it can be done naturally whilst you enhance your health.

As proof of this have a look at the HGH levels of Warren Matthews, the Chairman of Xtend-Life, who does not take any hormones of any sort but instead follows the protocol recommended by Xtend-Life and yet when is was 54 he still had HGH levels of an average healthy 25 year old (readings were taken at the end of the 2002, after two years on Xtend-Life Total Balance Mens Plus).

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Total Balance Men's Premium

Xtend-Life Total Balance Men's Premium

The ultimate men's health and nutrition supplement

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Total Balance Women's Premium

Xtend-Life Women's Premium

The ultimate women's health and nutrition

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Total Balance Unisex Premium

Xtend-Life Total Balance Unisex Premium

The ultimate age defying health supplement

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This is a part of the Healthy and Wellness Living Series, which contains the following articles:

  • Healthy and Wellness Overview
  • Age Defying
  • Joint, Bone and Connective Tissue Health
  • Brain Health
  • Digestive Health
  • Energy and Alertness
  • Eye Health
  • Beauty
  • Heart and Cardiovascular Health
  • Immune Support
  • Sexual Health

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products that i personally use

Here are the Xtend Life health supplements that I personally use and reviewed that I know will improve your health results.

Total Balance Men's Premium (review here)

Omega 3 Fish Oil QH Ultra
(review here)

Kiwi Klenz
(review here)

Garcinia Cambogia + Green Coffee Bean

Lipi Rite (review here)

Natural Energy Bee Pollen (review here)

See what Nigel personally takes

ALL XTEND-LIFE PRODUCTS

Green Lipped Mussel Powder (read review)
Joints & anti inflammation


Neuro Natural Recall (read review)
Brain & memory booster

Neuro Natural Serenity (read review)
Brain & mood booster

Neuro Natural Sleep (read review)
Improves sleep quality


Neuro Natural General (read review)
Brain & memory booster

Male Rejuvenator (read review)
Aids sex & prostate health

Female Rejuvenator (read review)
Boosts female sexual health

Natural Energy with NZ Bee Pollen (read review)
Ups energy & alertness

Kiwi-Klenz (read review)
Aids nutrient absorption & digestive health

Immu-Stay (read review)
Boosts immunity defence

Lipi-Rite (read review)
Manage high cholesterol

Not Just Joints (read review)
Joints & arthritis support

Systemic Care (read review)
Diabetes health support

Bone-Support (read review)
Aids bone strength & health

Cardio-Support (read review)
Boosts heart health

Garcinia Cambogia &  Green Coffee Bean (read review)
Weight loss supplement

Zupafood Elite
(read review)
Libido, immunity & energy

Zupafood Greenz (read review)
Detox, immunity & liver

Zupafood for Skin (read review)
Glutathione, marine collagen & elastin

Prostate-Support (read review)
Prostate & sexual health, better sleep

Men's Foaming Facial Cleanser (read review)
With natural Kiwifruit & Manuka Honey

Men's Exfoliating Scrub (read review)
Removes dead skin cells & refine pores

Men's Facial Fluid (read more)
Repairs, restores & soothes

Men's Eye Serum (read review)
Energizes, hydrates & firms tired eyes

Men's Body Lotion (read review)
Moisturizes & improves skin elasticity

Men's Hydrating Mask (read review)
Invigorates & deep hydration

Men's Cleansing Mask (read review)
Purge impurities & refines skin

Women's Nourishing Hand Cream (read review)
Protects, moisturizes & soothes skin

Women's Exfoliating Scrub (read review)
Refines & renews skin

Women's Day Cream (review here)
Moisturizing & anti aging

Women's Day Cream + Natural Whitening (read review)
Whitens, reduces fine lines & reduces wrinkles

Women's Night Cream (read review)
Omega 3 & 6 anti oxidant skin renewing moisturizer

Women's Sheer Day And Night Cream (read review)
Softens, anti wrinkle & hydrates

Women's Eye Serum (read review)
Energizes, firms and hydrates tired eyes

Women's Body Lotion (read review)
Soothes, anti oxidant & hydration

Women's Hydrating Mask (read review)
Invigorates & hydrates

Women's Cleansing Mask (read review)
Renews, supports & invigorates skin

Women's Foaming Facial Cleanser (read review)
With natural Kiwifruit & Manuka Honey

Total Balance Men's Premium (read review)
Comprehensive cellular multi vitamins

Total Balance Women's Premium (read review)
Comprehensive cellular multi vitamins

Total Balance Unisex Premium (read review)
Comprehensive cellular multi vitamins

Total Balance Children's (read review)
For healthy development, immunity & learning

Multi-Xtra (read review)
48 bio available  nutrients for cellular health

Omega 3 DHA Fish Oil Premium (read review)
Helps mood, heart, cholesterol & sleep

Omega 3 DHA Fish Oil (read review)
Aids joints, heart, cholesterol & sleep

Omega 3 / QH Ultra CoQ10-Ubiquinol (read review)
Cardiovascular health, anti cholesterol & energy

Omega 3 / DHA Mini (read review)
Easier for children to swallow; aids brain, memory & learning