I sometimes forget you're not 25.
Although intended as a swipe at my maturity, I took it as a compliment. At 27, the male human body is perfect. In Pumping Iron, Arnold Schwarzenegger was 27. In math, people rarely do anything special post-30. Cognitive and physical decline sets it - if you let it.
My exercise, eating, and supplement strategy is designed to fuck aging. While not in denial that I am decaying organic matter, I also refuse to "age gracefully" or "let nature take its course." Here's how totell Grace and Nature to fuck off.
The Mitochondrial Theory of Aging.
Mitochondria are cellular powerhouses, that is, they fuel all physical activity. Aging is inactivity, that is, you don't grow old. You shrink old.
Simply living destroys your mitochondria. Remember the second law of thermodynamics? The entrophy - that is, disorder - of the universe is decreasing. As the human body is exposed to the hazards of existence, the physical make-up of the cells become disordered. Mitochondria die.
The death of mitochondria, while not exaggerated, can be mitigated. Here's how:
CoQ10. CoQ10 is the third-most-doctor-recommended supplement. Every man over 50 needs this to preserve his heart. Though nowhere near 50, I take it to preserve my mitochondria. CoQ10 supports mitochondrial function, and prevents the degradation of mitochondrial. I get mine from Costco (this brand).
Acetyl-l-carnitine also supports mitochondrial function, and prevents the degradation of mitochondrial. It also helps release stored fat for energy. I order mine from Amazon, as they usually have the best deals on Twinlab and NOW Foods products.
R-alpha lipoic acid. Alpha lipoic acid is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants available. It protects the mitochondria from free radical damage. Although any ALA is better than non, it's best to take the R-polymer form. (Or, if you can afford it, take the Na-R version.) AST Labs has good R-ALA, and the Life Extension Foundation has good prices on the Na-R version.
Cinsulin is a blood sugar regulator and insulin mimicker. High blood sugar kills mitochondria. I buy my cinsulin from Costco (this brand), since it's the best price.
Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) is the final supplement in my mitochondria stack. Here's why I take it:
When pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) is added to an amino acid-based, but otherwise nutritionally complete basal diet, it improves growth-related variables in young mice. We examined PQQ and mitochondrial function based on observations that PQQ deficiency results in elevated plasma glucose concentrations in young mice, and PQQ addition stimulates mitochondrial complex 1 activity in vitro. PQQ-deficient weanling mice had a 20–30% reduction in the relative amount of mitochondria in liver; lower respiratory control ratios, and lower respiratory quotients than PQQ-supplemented mice (2 mg PQQ/kg diet).
Here's my Mitochondria Stack. You should save this, because when I find the time, I'm going to do e-books on this stuff. These posts will then be pulled, and you'll need to purchase the e-books.
A.M. (empty stomach)
- 1 gram ALC
- 200 mg R-ALA
- 250 mg cinsulin
- 1 gram ALC
- 200 mg R-ALA
- 300 mg CoQ10
- 10 mg PQQ
- Same as A.M.
I'll have most supplement-related posts later this week.