Study of Role of some Molecules in Prevention of Cancers and Degenerative Diseases, Retardation of Aging and Prolonging Life
By Premendra Priyadarshi FRCP
Death and old age have horrified human minds since earliest days. Much of human institutional effort has been directed directly or indirectly towardsincreasing human lifespan (and providing a better quality of life for the aged),whether by prevention of crime, maintenance of traffic rules, establishing of hospitals or erection of temples or churches in the past when God alone wascapable of helping man out from diseases and natural calamities. Growth of preventive medicine, immunization, better nutrition and recent awarenessabout metabolic consequences of over-eating, sedentary life, stress andobesity
and how to control them by yoga, regular exercise, regulated diet andanti-oxidants etc. have gone a long way in improving human survival andquality of life. Improvement in survival has to be associated with freedom fromdiseases especially the degenerative diseases which are usually side-effects of longer survival. As our life expectancy increases, we now feel more concernedto have a disease-free, independent existence in the old age.In the last few years, ginkgo, Co-enenzyme Q, rapamycin, resveratrol, brahmiand many other substances have been tested for their beneficial effects forprevention and treatment of aging related degenerative conditions. Many of these have been found to prolong life significantly.Ginkgo biloba, called Balkuwari in Hindi, is a tree whose nut and bark havebeen used in Indian medicine and Chinese Buddhist medicine for thousands of years.
Its common English name ‘Maiden’s Hair’ is just a literal translation of its
Hindi name (bal=hair; kuwari= maiden). It improves memory, improvesdementia and slows down the progression
of Alzheimer’s disease (Ernst and
Pittler, 1999). It is helpful in multi-infarct dementia or dementia caused bycerebral infarcts (Kanowski 1996).
A recent ‘external study’ i.e. study by
neutral examiners also approved of its efficacy in dementia of various origins(Bronthoft 2008). Although Gingko has been found to improve memory, retard
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