Hydrogen sulfide: the next potent preventive and therapeutic agent in aging and age-associated diseases.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 10, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study, published in Molecular and Cellular Biology, finding that hydrogen sulfide can offer a wide scope of anti-aging benefits.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/new-compound-found-for-anti-aging) notes, scientists may have uncovered one compound that could play a huge role in preserving a body’s youthfulness. While hydrogen sulfide has been getting attention for its effects on the cardiovascular and nervous systems, evidence is mounting that hydrogen sulfide slows aging by inhibiting free-radical reactions (just as an antioxidant does), activating a key enzyme that may regulate the human lifespan, and interacting with a gene that has great influence in anti-aging matters.
As the article “New Compound Found for Anti-Aging” reports, the body produces hydrogen sulfide, which has many important effects. For example, it acts in certain ways to relax arteries and keep them clear of possible blockages (which lead to atherosclerosis). It is also a powerful antioxidant. It also helps fight inflammation, the cause of a vast array of diseases.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article explains that levels of hydrogen sulfide in the body decline with age. In rats, lower levels of hydrogen sulfide were linked with high blood pressure. In general, a lack of this compound is implicated in heart disease.
The article adds that declining levels of hydrogen sulfide are thought to undermine neurological health, as well. In animal models of Parkinson’s disease, levels have been very low. The same can be said of people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. There are even suggestions that hydrogen sulfide may protect against cancer.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by noting that the researchers believe evidence now strongly suggests that hydrogen sulfide could become the next major agent in preventing aging and the diseases that come with it.
(SOURCE: Zhang, Y., et al., “Hydrogen sulfide: the next potent preventive and therapeutic agent in aging and age-associated diseases,” Mol. Cell. Bio.; published online January 7, 2013.)
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