Scott: Can you talk about some of the results that you're finding with that kind of treatment, as well as supplementation?
Prof. Garth Nicolson: Well, this is what we found with using these pristine lipid supplements. Primarily, they're-, it's not like, just lipids. These are membrane phospholipids. So, these are a particular class of lipids that make up the membranes of the cells. So, it's not just your everyday lipids. These are very specialized lipids.
Now, in our diet normally, we bring in a little bit of these specialized lipids in our diet because they're present in every plant, animal, and so on. So, if you eat plants, animals sources of food, you'll bring in naturally these membrane lipids.
Prof. Garth Nicolson: But, during the process of harvesting, storage, making into a food, and ingesting, these lipids get damaged. And, then when we take in the damaged lipids, that doesn't help us at all because we need to remove those damaged lipids.
So, lipid replacement therapy provides not only a pristine source of lipids, but the lipids are protected. They're encapsulated, they're packaged in a way that protects them from oxidation, protects them from enzymes that could damage them in the stomach, for example. And, then they're delivered to the gastrointestinal system.
Once they're inside our systems, then we have natural carrier proteins which protect them, that can carry them to a variety of different cells where they can then be shuttled into the membranes. Virtually all the membranes need new replacement molecules.
Prof. Garth Nicolson: But, in terms of fatigue, it's the inner mitochondrial membrane that's the target site for replacement. And, once those are replaced, we've found that the function can return.
So, we've seen people, for example, 90, 95 years old that have lost 60% of their mitochondrial function. And, then we can drive that function back to what would be present in a 30-year-old. So, the mitochondria function; they feel great, they have all kinds of energy.
Prof. Garth Nicolson: They can now do things they haven't done in years.
Prof. Garth Nicolson: So, it's an anti-aging supplement. It's certainly a supplement for people who are sick with any type of disease or condition, any chronic illness that involves fatigue. So, practically everybody above the age of 30 or 40, under any circumstances, need this. I take it every day myself.
Scott: Mm-hmm. Can you test for that, for mitochondrial function? How do you know where someone's at?
Prof. Garth Nicolson: You can test for mitochondrial function. And, one of the simplest ways that we've done, is to take a blood sample and take a look at the mitochondrial function inside the white blood cells, in the blood.
Prof. Garth Nicolson: So, we can put in what's called a redox dye. It's a particular type of dye that will measure the potential across the inner mitochondrial membrane. So, this dye will partition into the membrane, and then if the potential's just right across the membrane, it will fluoresce. So, we can pick it up on a detector which detects fluorescence.
Prof. Garth Nicolson: So, we can tell if the mitochondria are functioning properly.
Professor Garth Nicolson discusses lipid replacement therapy and what some of the results might be. He also talks about a test you can take to see if lipid replacement therapy might work for you.
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