Michael Mosley: Why I Consumed My Own Blood
By Dr. Mercola
Dr. Michael Mosley, a physician like me and also a journalist for BBC in the UK, is no stranger to trying out new techniques he believes might benefit his health.
He has gone from being overweight, diagnosed with diabetes and high cholesterol, to regaining his health, largely through a program of intermittent fasting and high-intensity exercise. You can learn more about that in my interview with him, above.
However, he recently shared with the BBC a new “strategy,” if you will, that he believes holds real promise to curing disease and restoring your health: the use of human blood.
Mosley has consumed his own blood, in the form of blood pudding and blood sausage, noting that it’s rich in iron, protein and vitamin C, with nearly twice as many calories per millimeter as beer.
But his investigations have uncovered something even more interesting about blood, including that it might be a fountain of youth of sorts, helping old mice to grow new neurons.
Young Blood Reverses Age-Related Impairments in Cognitive Function
“A 16th century Hungarian Countess, Elizabeth Bathory, is said to have bathed in the blood of 650 slaughtered virgins in the hope that their fresh blood would somehow help her cling on to her own fading youth,” Mosley wrote.1
It sounds outrageous, but there might be some truth to the rejuvenating power of “young blood.”
Writing in the journal Nature Medicine, Dr. Saul Villeda, a biologist at the University of California, and colleagues explain that “our data indicate that exposure of aged mice to young blood late in life is capable of rejuvenating synaptic plasticity and improving cognitive function.”2
It’s not a work of science fiction, either. When old mice were given transfusions of blood from young mice, they gained new connections between neurons such that they showed significant improvements in cognitive function, including spatial learning and memory.
The researchers believe the young blood may lead to increased activity in stem cells that help the old mice grow new neurons.
There’s even a trial underway at Stanford University in people with early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. They are getting infusions of blood from young volunteers to determine if it impacts brain function.
According to Dr. Tony Wyss-Coray at Stanford University, who also was involved with the mouse study, injecting young human blood plasma into old mice had rejuvenating effects. “The human blood had beneficial effects on every organ we’ve studied so far,” he told the Daily Mail.3
Blood-Based Rejuvenation Therapy Is Growing in Popularity
On the Next Page We Provide a link to the rest of Dr. Mercola’s comments and a BBC Documentary with Dr. Michael Mosley on consuming your own blood?