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A series on newest supplements and specialist treatments to help combat advancing age.  


by Dr Marios Kyriazis medical advisor to the British Longevity Society.


No 1 Carnosine

You may not have heard of Carnosine, but it is set to become one of the most important new anti-ageing supplements on the market. Carnosine itself is not new. It is an amino acid which has been identified for over 100 years, occurring naturally in the body. However, its specific anti-ageing properties have only become clear during the past few years. 

Carnosine (not to be confused with a product called ‘Carnitine’) is a combination of two amino acids (building blocks of proteins), alanine and histidine. It is naturally present in tissues like muscle and brain, but its concentration falls with advancing age.

As an anti-ageing agent,  Carnosine works in several ways. 

         Firstly, it is an antioxidant, protecting our cells from free radical damage. Used together with vitamin E and other antioxidants, it has an optimum effect.

        Secondly, it reduces the destruction of valuable proteins and DNA by sugar molecules, a process known as glycosylation. The significance of this process has only recently been appreciated. Abnormal combinations of sugar and proteins are very toxic, contributing to several age-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s dementia and skin ageing. Carnosine helps prevent damage from glycosylation, ridding the system of any abnormal substances and leaving it free to function optimally.

       Thirdly, it is a toxic metal binder - it reacts with toxic by-products of our metabolism and eliminates them from the body. It stabilises the cells, making them more resistant to injury, and boosts the immune system.

Interest in Carnosine has increased mainly during the last five years. In America and the UK, anti-ageing specialists and nutritionist are recommending it as a valuable supplement. There are no known side effects or incompatibility with other drugs.  

Officially licensed in Russia for use as eye drops in treating several eye diseases, it is also used there for the prevention and treatment of cataract. In experiments it was shown to be effective in reversing the symptoms of cataract in almost 100% of the patients. The eye drops will soon be available in the West.

In the meantime, Carnosine exists in capsule form to be used as a general anti-ageing booster. Normal dose is 50 mg -100 mg a day, but some researchers support its use of up to 1000 mg a day. No side effects are reported, and it can be used together with other supplements such as coenzyme Q10, DHEA and ginkgo biloba (which will be discussed in future features in

Carnosine is available from the Nutricentre, tel 0207 436 5122 7 Park Crescent, London W1N 2HE  and from the British Longevity Society (address below).  Cost is 17-20 for 1 - 2 months supply.    

British Longevity Society
P.O.Box 71
Hemel Hempstead

Dr Marios Kyriazis’ book ‘The Anti-Aging Plan’ contains extensive information on ageing and age-related diseases, including conventional and complementary treatments, nutrition, brain exercises. It is available from Amazon by clicking on the cover opposite or you can order it from the British Longevity Society, P.O.Box 71, Northampton, NN1 5HJ. Price is 11 including postage



NB does not necessarily endorse supplements and products that appear on the website. If you are interested in Carnosine, we suggest you discuss it with your GP or nutritionist or an anti-ageing specialist.


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