Humans no longer have to fear of losing the battle against senility since a group of Chinese scientists announced recently that they have created a highly effective drug to retard the aging process.
Li Changling, a Beijing University professor, who led the team of scientists, said he and his colleagues have detected the existence, in their repeated experiments, of a powerful anti-oxidation substance in grape-stones, which cannot be produced by the human body.
Oxidation is a chemical reaction in which an atom loses its electron, and this change, if it happens in the human body, results in aging of human cells and tissue. The world medical community found in the 1990s that a kind of oxygenic molecule, scientifically called free radicals left by metabolic performance, causes oxidation and is also directly involved in the development of 70 diseases such as Parkinson's disease, cancer, and strokes.
Oligomeric Proantho Cynidins, or OPC, the natural substance extracted out of grape-stones, can sweep out redundant free radicals in the human body and so reduce the rate of oxidation. The anti-oxidation function of OPC is 50 times as effective as vitamin E, or 20 times that of vitamin C, the professor said.
The scientists made the drug developed from OPC more powerful by adding the rare Chinese medicines of lucid ganoderma sporopollen and gynostemma. This formula medicine is 30 percent more powerful at anti-oxidation than the raw substance alone.
With no toxins or side effects, the patented medicine can go into blood and be digested by the human body within 20 minutes after application, according to the professor.