A groundbreaking study from Tel Aviv University and the Shamir Medical Centre in Israel indicates that hyperbaric oxygen in healthy ageing adults can stop the ageing of blood cells and reverse the ageing process. In the biological sense, the adults’ blood cells grow younger as the sessions go on. The researchers found that hyperbaric oxygen can reverse two significant processes associated with ageing and its illnesses: the shortening of telomeres (protective regions located at both ends of every chromosome) and the accumulation of old and malfunctioning cells in the body.
The study discovered a lengthening of up to 38% of the telomeres
As well as a decrease of up to 37% in the presence of senescent cells
At a cellular-molecular level
“Telomere shortening is considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of the biology of ageing,” Professor Efrati says. His group utilised hyperbaric oxygen in only three months to elongate telomeres at rates far beyond any currently available interventions or lifestyle modifications. More evidence suggests that hyperbaric oxygen can reverse the ageing process at the basic cellular-molecular level.
Peer Reviewed Study
Professor Efrati also announced a peer-reviewed study demonstrating for the first time that hyperbaric oxygen can significantly enhance the cognitive performance of healthy older adults. The main areas of improvement were
Information processing speed
Improved cerebral blood flow in specific brain locations
Thus hyperbaric oxygen is looking to be a strong contender for a safe, non-invasive and side-effect free medical intervention that can address the unwanted consequence of age-related deterioration.
Hyperbaric oxygen helps combat all degenerative ageing mechanisms by assisting the wounded cells of all the organs and tissues with the power of increased oxygen.
Regular treatment is widely thought to increase ageing skin elasticity and stimulate collagen production. Hyperbaric oxygen has also been clinically proven to do a lot in reducing the appearance of ageing. Over time, it can improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars.
Considering that hyperbaric oxygen delivers a natural, endogenous substance (oxygen) to our body without any adverse side effects but with many significant medical benefits, including mending out DNA, it is easy to understand why HBO is a growing field of anti-ageing therapy.
Professor Efrati’s group also released a study stating that hyperbaric oxygen can improve heart functionality in healthy ageing humans. The cardiac function of 31 patients was evaluated after undergoing an intense series of hyperbaric oxygen sessions. The study demonstrated that repetitive HBO protocols have a sustained effect on heart function. According to Professor Efrati, hyperbaric oxygen can target pressure-sensitive genes, resulting in improved mitochondrial metabolism with anti-apoptotic (anti-cell death) and anti-inflammatory effects – this is known as the Hyperoxic-Hypoxic Paradox.
Along with normal ageing, there is typically a decrease in cardiac function – particularly in the mitochondrial cells of the heart, Efrati states. HBO has been clinically proven numerous times to improve mitochondrial function, which may explain the beneficial cardiac effects seen in the study.
The group noted an improvement in the contractility function of the heart – meaning, the heart muscle contracted with more efficiency over the hyperbaric oxygen sessions. It was pointed out that the effect was particularly evident in the left ventricle, which is the chamber responsible for pumping oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. This mechanism is essential when trying to combat disease.
Thus, it can be concluded that hyperbaric oxygen has enough clinical studies and sound underlying mechanisms to be beneficial for anti-ageing purposes – from the inside out.
Hyperbaric Oxygen And Anti-Aging
Hyperbaric oxygen induces changes in oxygen availability which is one of the fundamental regenerative medicine paradigms.
Hyperbaric oxygen has been proven to promote collagen, bone, and cartilage repair and regeneration by activating fibroblasts, osteocytes, and osteoblasts.
Studies show that hyperbaric oxygen increases superoxide dismutase, one of the body’s most crucial antioxidants and free-radical scavengers, thus promoting detoxification in the cell.
Clinical trials prove that hyperbaric oxygen induces stem cell mobilization and increases neuroplasticity, plus helps form new blood vessels (angiogenesis), which combats and prevents circulatory diseases.
Fundamentally, hyperbaric oxygen creates a more conducive environment to heal certain conditions by modifying gene expression – upregulation of growth and repair changes, whilst downregulation of inflammatory genes.