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Cyclocell Telomere Support Formula Revolutionizes Longevity Support with Advanced Herbal Extracts

Lee Swanson, President of Swanson Health Products®

Lee Swanson

Dear Friends and Valued Customers,

I first heard about telomeres sometime in 2010 while exploring the latest information in the field of anti-aging and longevity research. Around the same time, a product appeared on the market promising to activate the systems involved in maintaining these delicate chromosomal structures, but at a significant cost that put it out of reach for everyday people. The more I learned about this new theory of aging, the more I became convinced that it really does represent a new frontier and a new opportunity for longevity promotion—if only we could find an affordable way to address it. Two years ago, I began working with Dr. Baumgartner on this important project and today we are pleased to introduce Swanson® Rejuv Cyclocell Telomere Support Formula, a first-of-its-kind supplement that offers a real solution at a price much more accessible than other leading telomere-targeted products. Yes, it's still more costly than your average dietary supplement, but I encourage you to do your research and compare Cyclocell to other supplements on the market. You'll see that it's more potent and more powerful at a much lower price. —Lee Swanson

Joel Baumgartner, M.D.

Swanson: Dr. Baumgartner, let's start by telling people what telomeres are and how they have changed the way we understand aging within the body.

Dr. Baumgartner: Okay, let's first start with a little fundamental understanding about cellular structures. Our cells are made of chromosomes, which in turn are composed of DNA. Telomeres are tiny—yet incredibly important—strands of DNA that are found at the end of chromosomes. The best way to visualize this is to think of a shoelace. You know that little protective plastic cap at the end? That's like a telomere at the end of a strand of DNA.

Now here's where it starts to get interesting. The 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three researchers "for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase." This was the first breakthrough. The next breakthrough came in a 2009 paper that demonstrated the link between telomeres, telomerase and aging in a population known as the Ashkenazi Jews. Acting on the prize-winning discovery, the authors of this paper sought to determine whether the long lifespan observed in this small homogenous population could be related. What they found was astonishing. The Ashkenazi, in fact, appeared to have inherited a hyperactive version of telomerase, the enzyme that literally rebuilds telomeres. Since then, scientists have been looking for ways to activate or promote telomerase activity in an effort to protect cellular health and thus, promote longevity.

Swanson: It's an amazing story and a true triumph of modern science. Can you explain a bit more about how telomeres and telomerase work?


Dr. Baumgartner: Certainly. So you have the telomere at the end of the chromosome protecting the structure much like that cap at the end of your shoelace keeps the threads from unraveling. Now, we know that our cells are constantly dividing to create new cells—the constant process of cell renewal that keeps us alive. Each time a cell divides, however, it loses a little of that protective cap—a process called "telomere shortening." The telomerase enzyme is there to help rebuild the telomere, but it appears that this process isn't as efficient or successful in all people and may decline as we age. When telomeres are not effectively rebuilt and cells continue to divide, the original cells die off in a process called "cellular senescence." It's this final process of cellular death that underlies just about everything we associate with aging. The telomere theory of aging suggests that if we can promote telomerase activity and protect our telomeres, we can defend against age-related decline.

Swanson: How does your new Cyclocell Telomere Support Formula support this goal?

Dr. Baumgartner: Once the news broke about telomeres, telomerase and aging, scientists began to look for potential candidates to support these structures and functions. Of course, one good way to start was to look at substances already known to pharmacologists. In this case, researchers chose to investigate ethnobotanical products traditionally used for cellular health. Astragalus, widely used in traditional Chinese healthcare, emerged as a leading candidate through a variety of screening mechanisms.

Prior to this work, not much was known about the individual components of astragalus. Now, however, we know that at least two components—Astragaloside IV and Cycloastragenol—are active within the human body. In fact, they are among the only natural compounds known to impact telomerase activity and thereby support telomere health and function. Cyclocell Telomere Support Formula is the only dietary supplement that I know of in America that provides both of these unique ingredients.

It's important to stress that we're working with truly cutting-edge, emerging science; however, there is a rapidly growing body of evidence to support the use of these natural extracts for telomerase/telomere support. In fact, we are working in cooperation with our ingredient supplier—one of the world's only suppliers of these highly technical astragalus extracts—to conduct our own investigations. I don't think I've ever been so excited about a nutraceutical development.

Swanson: You said that Cyclocell Telomere Support Formula is the only product of its kind in America. How does it compare to other products sold through doctors that cost up to $600 per bottle?

Dr. Baumgartner: There are similar products out there but, to the best of my knowledge, they contain only one of the two ingredients in Cyclocell. Astragaloside IV was the first component identified and researched for telomerase activation. Further work identified Cycloastragenol as the most active fraction of Astragaloside IV, with some researchers suggesting that this fraction could be up to ten times as potent when isolated. So of course, this is where product developers turned their focus and this is what you'll find in those expensive products. I've always believed in a more holistic approach; I think we run the risk of losing benefit when we isolate individual molecules. That's why I insisted that my Cyclocell Telomere Support Formula contain both Astragaloside IV and Cycloastragenol in balanced combination. I followed the science and chose to offer a balanced, affordable alternative for age-defying cellular support.

Swanson: Thank you, Dr. Baumgartner, for bringing us yet another breakthrough in clinical supplementation.

Dr. Baumgartner: It is my pleasure, Lee. Cyclocell Telomere Support Formula is quickly becoming a favorite here in my practice and I know Swanson customers are going to love the results as much as I do.