Amino Guanidine

Amino guanidine has certainly been used to prevent cataract, arthritis, osteoporosis, wrinkles and other age-related illnesses. Amino guanidine has also been used by diabetics to try and reduce the damage related to too much glucose in the blood. Amino guanidine doesn't reverse existing damage, but does prevent further cross-linking.

During normal aging, sugar molecules in the body react violently with proteins, causing them to malfunction. This process is called glycosylation (or glycation) of proteins. The chemical leftover products from this lethal encounter are called AGEs (advanced glycation end products).

Glycosylation causes cross-linking of collagen, enzymes and other proteins as well as damage to the DNA. Cross-linking is an abnormal process during which proteins attach to each other as if they have been plastered with glue, becoming stiff and unnaturally twisted. Generally, these abnormal proteins are immediately removed from the body, but with age this removal becomes sluggish as the body wears out, allowing abnormal proteins to pile up.

Cross-linked proteins are found in diabetes, Alzheimer's dementia and in many other diseases of aging. For example, AGEs (advanced glycation end products) are blamed for causing:

  • cataract

  • abnormal blood clothing

  • stiffening of the collagen which supports the skin

  • destruction of the immune system

  • kidney problems

  • damage to the arteries

Too many AGEs (advanced glycation end products) in the blood is a sign that the rate of aging is speeding up beyond control. AGEs (advanced glycation end products) make you age.

Certain chemicals can put a stop to the production of AGEs. One of these is amino guanidine, another is carnosine. Treatment with amino guanidine is believed by some specialists to stop aging before it even starts.

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