Vanity, vanity…all is vanity…

I know this is a lament made by King Solomon, but as I look in the mirror, I can identify.  However, there is more than just vanity at stake with aging.

I am researching Branched Chain Amino Acids  (BCAA) and their role in the body.  We all remember our fifth grade health class (if not, I will offer a reminder) where we learned that the building blocks of our body are proteins.  Proteins contain Amino Acids.

These little darlings have amazing power.  The BCAA have amazing power to get into the mitochondria and rebuild the cells.  Rebuilding=anti-aging.  Anti-aging=vanity… so you know where I am going with this.

As we get older, and older means 50+, we start losing 1% of muscle strength per year.  You may have thought I was going to talk about sagging skin and feminine vanity, but I am also talking to men who are seeing that they are not having the muscle strength and the power to rip those abs when they hit a certain age.

BCAA have the power to support muscle maintenance, muscle growth, and muscle recovery.  In addition, according to a recent study, these substances show promise in fighting multiple killer diseases of aging.   So many times I have spoken to people who say that they don’t mind getting older, but they do mind the loss of quality of life.

As I am now closer to 100 than I am to 1, I am concerned about the quality of life.  I am researching longevity due in part, I confess, to vanity.

What I am discovering is that the BCAAs have a unique quality in that they are not broken down by the liver, but rather are passed via the bloodstream directly into the skeletal muscle.  Because they arrive intact, they are able to enter the mitochondria and start the reviving process.  Here are some of the good things the BCAAs do:

  1. Fight obesity
  2. Fight metabolic syndrome
  3. Fight liver disease
  4. Fight cancer cachexia
  5. Reduce muscle soreness.

Additionally, they are involved in the formation of glutamate and GABA.  These substances aid in stress management.  And finally, back to vanity….  Exercise (which can be interpreted as vanity) actually enhances the mitochondrial function induced by BCAAs.

Until next time,


(Parente Matilde, MD. ‘Can a Power Booster also be a Longevity Booster?’ Life Extension  2011 May/June:62-68.



About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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