Epigenetics is the link between your genes and your environment.
Epigenetic markers change how your genes are working without changing the DNA itself.
It’s a bit like writing notes into a recipe book. “Skip this step” or “Double the garlic here.” or even “This recipe is terrible, never do it again.”
Epigenetic markers are those handwritten notes that your body is constantly adding and removing from atop your DNA, in response to everything your body is going through.
TruAge looks at an epigenetic marker called Methylation. Our sophisticated algorithms identify how quickly your body is aging at a biological level, and can do so much more…
Aging isn’t just your birthday.
Biological Aging is the gradual loss of cellular function, throughout your body. It’s about how well your cells do their jobs.
When the cell’s instructions written in your DNA get muddled or shut down, outward signs of aging begin to appear – from wrinkles to a higher likelihood of developing chronic disease. When this process is happening faster than it should be, that’s called accelerated aging.
Since Epigenetic markers like Methylation can control the sending of these cellular messages, we can build a picture of your health and aging process by looking at methylation.
Markers for Biological Age first start to change while you’re still in the womb, and continue to change throughout your entire life.
These changes happen in response to nearly every choice you make.
Nutrition, exercise habits, medications, injuries, environmental pollutions, how much sleep you’re getting, the stress you’re enduring, and much more.
It’s a long list, but recent studies have found that changing those factors can also change your Biological Age in as little as 8 weeks.
Different parts of your body age at different rates, here’s no single, perfect way to measure aging. That’s why TruAge is an ever-expanding collection of aging measurements and health insights.
Since Biological Age measured with methylation is tied to many health outcomes, and lowering Biological Age has been shown to also reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases, you can build a picture of your general health with one easy test,
When your Biological Age is lower than your chronological age (your birthday), you’re doing great! If it’s over that number, it may be time for some changes.
Once we know the methylation patterns on your DNA, we run those values through advanced algorithms created with the help of machine learning and decades of research.
There’s around 900,000 methylation markers that we look at in each person, so it’d be a lot to sort through by hand.
If you want to learn more about the science behind each of the algorithms we just, just click the button below.
We deliver more than just Biological Age.
Our reports also provide a full suite of aging related metrics and comparison tracking reports for repeat users.
When we offer lifestyle advice, we also provide the studies behind each suggestion.
When you work with a physician, you can also request access to advanced reporting to get the most out of your TruAge test.
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Calcium Alpha-Ketoglucarate is a special form of mineral calcium.
We chose this ingredient due to its positive impacts on lifespan, healing, and its assistance in fighting age-related disease.
A multi-year controlled study on mice found calcium alpha-ketoglucarate “promotes longer, healthier life, associated with a decrease in levels of inflammatory cytokines. Strikingly, the reduction in frailty was more dramatic than the increase in lifespan”
Studies on Alpha-Ketoglucarate have shown that it improves the senescence-associated phenotypes of bone marrow, and promotes healthy gene expression to slow and even reverse the cellular aging that results in osteoporosis. It increased the bone mass, and reduced age-related bone loss. It also accelerated healing of damaged bone and improved age-associated epigenetic markers.
EGCG is found naturally in Green Tea, and is the main reason why green tea is popularized as a therapeutic drink.
We chose this ingredient due to its proven and positive impacts on reversing and treating diseases, its powerful effect fighting cancers, and its help in regulating healthy gene expression.
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is a type of Catechin – a natural antioxidant that helps to prevent cell damage. It has been shown to offer multiple effects on human pathological and physiological processes. It offers antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticollagenase, and antifibrosis effects.
More interestingly in our line of work, EGCG has been found to reactivate methylation-silenced tumor suppressor genes. In other words, it helps to remove epigenetic markers and ‘wake up’ genes that naturally prevent cancer from developing in the first place.
Sulforaphane is a natural plant compound found in cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and brussels sprouts. It’s well-known for its antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties.
While it has a ton of health benefits, we chose this ingredient because of its effective support of epigenetic regulation and interdependence in the body’s fight against cancer.
Pterostilben is a type of polyphenol created naturally within the body, but can also be found in almonds, grape leaves, and Vaccinium berries (like blueberries).
We included this ingredient because of research showing its positive effect on lifespan, age-related disease, and health maintenance.
Several studies have found that polyphenols like Pterostilbene and rapamyacin protect against age-related diseases like arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiovascular disease.
Pterostilbene has become popular because of its remarkable pharmacological activities, such as anti-tumor, anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation, and neuroprotection.
Pterostilbene can be rapidly absorbed and is widely distributed in tissues, but it does not seriously accumulate in the body.
Humans naturally create Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, but many aren’t getting enough – either because they have a harder time synthesizing it, or because they don’t get enough sun exposure for their skin to start.
We included this ingredient because it has been found to slow biological aging and improve vital bodily functions.
Studies have shown that Vitamin D supplementation increased telomerase activity, suggesting an anti-aging effect. A recent study found that Vitamin D supplementation may slow down Epigenetic Aging as measured by DNA methylation.
Beyond its anti-aging effects, it also supports the function of your muscles and immune system. Vitamin D also aids calcium absorption, helping your bones and teeth stay strong.
DHEA is the most abundant steroid hormone created in the human body.
The levels of DHEA in the human body decline as they age, and numerous studies show a preventative role for DHEA on various age-related diseases, its ability to enhance the immune system, and its power to fight against diabetes, obesity, cancer, memory decline, and aging.
Folate, Methylfolate, and Folic Acid are different forms of Vitamin B9.
Folate and Methylfolate are more immediately bioavailable.
Folate is naturally present in a wide variety of foods, including vegetables (especially dark green leafy vegetables), fruits and fruit juices, nuts, beans, peas, seafood, eggs, dairy products, meat, poultry, and grains.
Many countries have mandatory folate fortification programs, adding folic acid into enriched grain foods like bread, pasta, and rice in order to reduce the population’s risk of serious birth defects like Anecephaly and Spina bifida.
Folates are essential to build and replicate DNA, and are highly involved in methylation, cell proliferation, and differentiation.
One of the known associations in treatment-resistant depressed patients is lower levels of L-methylfolate. It is the only form of folate that crosses the blood–brain barrier and is immediately available for neurotransmitter synthesis.
It is also involved in key cellular activity to reduce the risk of depression, dementia, and stroke.
Recent studies have shown that decline in cellular nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) levels cause aging-related disorders.
Since NMN chemically changes into NAD+ in the body, supplementation of NMN effectively boosts the body’s available NAD+ to promote healthy cellular aging, maintain healthy DNA and many other key celluar processes.
NMN supplementation has been found to promote anti-aging miRNA expression profiles, reversing age-related changes in vascular function in mice, and appeared to rejuvenate faltering mitochondria (the cell’s energy factories).
Another study backed up those results in a human trial, showing that the compound NMN improved expression of genes that are involved in muscle structure and remodeling.
It additionally improved the ability of insulin to increase glucose uptake in skeletal muscle, which often is abnormal in people with obesity, prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes.