Want to find out your “real” age? [DENIZEN]

We're excited to be featured in Denizen, with editor Rosie Herdman siting down with our founder Greg Macpherson, taking a deep-dive into the science behind our DNAᵃᵍᵉ product and ways we support healthy aging at a cellular level. 

Want to find out your “real” age? This new at-home DNA test is giving unprecedented insight into healthy ageing

In our collective quest for everlasting youth, it would seem no treatment, product or endeavour is off-limits. Wealthy citizens in Ancient Rome and Greece are said to have bathed in crocodile excrement as they believed it had anti-ageing properties, while in the modern day, many of our experiments could be considered just as outlandish. From smearing our faces with snail mucin, placenta masks and even our own blood, to cryotherapy and stem cell treatments, not to mention the amount of pills and potions we ingest for eternal internal wellbeing, it’s no wonder that, in 2020, the global wellness industry was estimated to be worth US$4.2 trillion.

It’s not all about how we look — many of us simply want to feel our best for as long as possible, and this often results in a more youthful, healthy visage. But how do we know whether all this effort is paying off?

This is the question local nutraceutical company Science Research Wellness (SRW) Laboratories is hoping to help people answer. Founded by Biotechnologist, Cellular Health Expert and Pharmacist Greg Macpherson, SRW Laboratories has just released a groundbreaking new saliva test that tells you where your ‘biological’ age sits in relation to your ‘chronological’ age. This, in turn, indicates how healthy you are and how your lifestyle is affecting how quickly you age.

“It’s a new level of technology that will help you assess where you’re sitting, and whether what you’re doing is working,” says Macpherson. “For those people who are interested in being as healthy as possible, it gives you a next level of insight.”

Named the DNAage test, it helps us understand what we can do to physically slow the ageing process from the inside out, and be healthier for longer.

“We have a DNA clock, and what research has identified is that we accumulate things called methyl groups on certain areas of our DNA,” says Macpherson. “You can literally correlate the accumulation of that methylation with our chronological age.” What makes it even more interesting, he says, is there are then outliers who have accelerated methylation — i.e. relatively young people who are stressed and aren’t managing it well, or who aren’t exercising, and generally not prioritising taking good care of themselves.

If you think this includes you, and those already high anxiety levels are going through the roof, don’t worry. You can change it. “That’s really the beauty of this DNA test — you can benchmark yourself and either say ‘I’m happy being 50 and having a biological age of 50’, or ‘I’m 50 and I’ve just found out I’ve got a biological age of 70, and I’ve got time to do something about it’.”

Even better, in this day and age, someone could have a biological age of 50 and decide they want to try and lower it to 30 — and, luckily, there are pathways to that now. A commonly cited refrain, first uttered by American professor Dr. Judith Stern, is “genes load the gun while the environment pulls the trigger”. In other words, while many of us can be genetically predisposed to certain conditions and ageing rates, it is possible to alter and improve these with lifestyle changes.

We all know that a good diet helps our health and, according to Macpherson, “plant-based appears to have the best longevity outcomes, which is a double win from the perspective of the planet as well as our health”. An exercise regime is important too, consisting of a mix of resistance for muscle building, and cardiovascular fitness. Stress management is also proving increasingly important. While all of this is nothing new, studies around understanding how we age at a cellular level are at the cutting edge of scientific research.

Macpherson explains that our bodies contain a key enzyme called NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), which is involved in hundreds of processes including mitochondrial function, the energy generators of our cells. “NAD levels decline precipitously as we head into our forties, fifties and beyond,” he says. “So bumping them back up through supplements is quite rejuvenative.”

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