The Next Darling Of The Anti-Aging Industry With Dr. Barrie Tan

About two years ago, I had a fascinating podcast discussion with Dr. Barrie Tan, titled “Why Your Vitamin E Supplement Could Be Harming You (& The “One Plant Wonder” Alternative That Could Be The Single Most Powerful Molecule If You’re Stranded On A Desert Island).”

During that discussion, Barrie briefly alluded to a special molecule he was deep in the throes of researching, a molecule that he was convinced could be one of the greatest new compounds that humankind has ever discovered for full-body health. Your body makes this thing on its own, but your levels drop significantly with age, and thus there are remarkable longevity benefits as well as benefits for muscle protein synthesis, testosterone and hormone regulation, CoQ10 synthesis, and overall structural support for the body, along with a reduction in the risk of age-related physical decline.

The name of this molecule is geranylgeraniol, also known as “GG,” and it could very well be the next supplement Barrie would take to a desert island. After interviewing him, I’m certainly convinced it has great promise and I now plan to start taking it to assess results for myself.

Dr. Barrie Tan is a research scientist with a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry. For the last 35 years, Barrie has immersed himself in the world of vitamin E (particularly from Annatto) and is considered one of the world’s foremost experts credited with discovering a molecule called “tocotrienol” from three major natural sources. That was the topic of our last podcast, which is very much worth a listen, as the molecules we discuss in that show pair with GG like, well, turkey and cranberries.

During our discussion, you’ll discover:

-The one supplement you should have if stuck on a desert island (Intro with Jonathan Lizotte)…04:06

-Why Dr. Tan has used tocotrienol for over 30 years…09:15

-How Dr. Tan discovered a new nutrient alongside vitamin E…12:25

-Why we need to care about this if our bodies make their own GG…17:50

-Specific functions of GG…22:05

-How the endocrine system relates to GG…26:39

  • Recent discovery of Japanese scientists that GG increases testosterone and progesterone
  • Designs For Health Annatto-GG can be used for the general utility to increase testosterone for performance
  • Progesterone is now used in men for anxiety treatment and in children for ADHD
  • Adrenaline Dominance by Michael Platt
  • DUTCH test
  • GG to testosterone connection was discovered just 2 years ago
  • Dr. Tan takes Designs For Health Annatto-GG to mitigate muscle problems caused by statin for high cholesterol

-Bone health, vitamin K, and GG…33:18

  • Podcast with Dr. Barrie Tan:
  • In another Japanese study:
    • Vegetables have vitamin K1
    • Vitamin K1 has a tail which looks like a sperm’s
    • Inside the gut the tail is cropped off, only taking a certain amount of K1 for clotting purposes
    • Inside the body, it looks for a GG molecule to stitch on, then becomes MK4, vitamin K2
  • The MK4 makes a protein that chaperones calcium to the bone
  • With low GG levels, you are unable to make MK4 and this could lead to osteoporosis
  • Bones contain 95% calcium, the other 5% is in soft tissue
  • If there are more than 5% calcium in soft tissues, the extra calcium goes to the wrong places, such as:
    • In the arteries – arterial sclerosis
    • In the gallbladder – gallstones
    • In the kidneys – kidney stones
  • Taking Designs For Health Annatto-GG does not negate the need to supplement with vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium
  • Vitamin D is a hormone that shuttles or chaperones calcium to the bone, magnesium, and calcium is the trifecta for bone health
  • Designs For Health Tri-K – a blend of vitamins K1 and K2 (MK4), and GG
  • OmegAvail Ultra
  • MK7 (twice as long tail as MK4) is a nutritional supplement for anti-osteoporosis
  • In Japan, MK4 is a pharmaceutical drug used for anti-osteoporosis
  • To date, the only known menaquinone that is synthesized in the human body is MK4
  • Bacteria in Natto produces MK7 but when it gets into the body, the body makes it MK4
  • Fermented foods provide vitamin K for the body
  • Natto is a great source of a bioavailable form of vitamin K
  • BGF podcast on calcium, with Mira and Jayson Calton:
  • BGF podcast with Dr. William Davis on the calcium scan score for calcium:
  • BGF podcast with Dr. Ram Dandillaya on heart health:
  • GG could be a great way for athletes to manage the calcium in their bodies from lactic acidosis
  • Calcium is the most dominant mineral in the body

-Forthcoming clinical studies of GG on humans…43:31

  • 115 mg to 300 mg per day dosing, based on animal studies transposed to humans
  • Designs For Health Annatto-GG is oil and fat-soluble; recommended to be taken with a meal
  • Here are the three upcoming clinical studies:
    • People taking statins, with confirmed myopathy; to see how GG will reduce muscle damage
    • Improvement of testosterone and drive
    • Exercise science to measure muscle force and output
  • No reason to take if you’re 20 years and younger; pregnant women should abstain
  • 30 years and older and absolutely needed for people 60 years and older

-Supplements you can stack with GG…46:13

  • Designs For Health MyoStim (also with GG)
  • Muscle building: combine with things that are muscle building
  • Muscle damage, such as from statins: combine with CoQ10 – Designs For Health CoQnol combines GG with CoQ10 (use code BEN15 to save 15%)
  • For drive stimulation: LibidoStim
  • Bone health – combine with vitamin K: ADK Evail
  • GGG: Geranylgeraniol Glutathione; our cells quietly make this to preserve the mitochondrial function
  • GGG protects the liver and helps treat diseased livers

-Edible and non-edible plants which contain GG…50:39

  • Lipstick plant is the same as the annatto plant; Bixa Orellana is the scientific name for the plant
  • Annatto products from Designs for Health; Annatto-E GG
  • The plant is used in Filipino cuisine
  • There is a small amount of GG in tomatoes (lycopene)
  • Plants use tocotrienol as self-protection; not meant for human benefit

-Additional supplements to consider in regards to longevity and anti-aging…56:17

-Dr. Tan’s personal diet and exercise habits…1:01:15

-And much more!

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