The secrets of aging are hidden deep within the molecular structure of the living organism. One of the great biological mysteries, aging is a universal phenomenon - a simple fact of being alive. But how rapidly it occurs is by no means universal. By now much research has been carried out into the processes of aging and all sorts of theories have developed about how and why it happens.
The aging clock theory sees aging as programmed by a preset number of cell divisions, the time between which is said to determine our life span.
The cross-linking of protein theory suggests that molecular alterations in the body's protein molecules cause micro fibers to be laid down creating loss of elasticity, stiffness and degeneration.
The errors in DNA theory insists that chemical exposure, general toxicity and basic genetic tendencies distort the genetic material of cells so they can no longer reproduce normally.
Still other theories claim aging comes from changes in brain function to undermine the function and regulation of balance in hormones and the nervous system, or from auto immunity where the immune function declines, or from stress.
The one thing that all theories of aging seem to have in common is recognition that degeneration is associated with free radical damage.
The more free radical damage takes place, the older you get. The more you are protected from free radical damage the more you are protected from aging.