BELOIT - The tiny organism hydra doesn't get old and neither should you.
That's the can-do perspective on health held by Beloit College Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry Roc Ordman. He's developed two new nutritional supplements to reduce risks for age-associated diseases. A patent is pending on the two supplements, and he said they are expected to be commercially available in the next two months.
His future plans are to raise enough money from the sale of his products to run clinical trials on them and get the FDA to approve his health claims.
"Nutrition research is exploding with results to lessen your risk for age-associated diseases like cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease," he said. "Nutritionists, doctors and supplement companies are doing a poor job telling people, so I decided to make my own supplements."
Ordman, 70, who was on staff at Beloit College from 1977 to 2015, always had a focus on nutrition and the reasons behind human aging. He said some organisms, such as hydra, don't age and others age much more slowly such as turtles, which can live to be 180 years old.
Through his studies Ordman learned the culprits of aging - free radicals. The "wild electrons" will attack molecules which leads to everything from wrinkles to cancer. After doing clinical trials in a Beloit College chemistry class, Ordman discovered people should ingest 500 milligrams of vitamin C in the morning and evening to combat free radicals.
Ordman, who got a superficial bladder carcinoma a few years back, credited a Vitamin C regimen for keeping the cancer from returning after it was removed in a surgery.
After retirement, Ordman was approached by nutrition companies. Two months ago Ordman founded a nutrition supplement company called Triumph Health Corporation.
The main ingredients for both of his supplements are Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
"At high doses vitamin K removes calcium from where it doesn't belong and takes it out of the heart and arteries," he said. "At low levels vitamin C traps free radicals, and at high concentrations it kills cancer cells."
Ordman's supplements also contain high potency chromium, an insulin cofactor which supports fat, protein and sugar metabolism.
His first supplement, Mito-C, prevents protein misfolding, a cause of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other age-associated diseases, particularly those impacting the brain. Some of the main contents of the supplement are the active ingredients in blueberries and green tea. The key to warding off Alzheimer's disease, Ordman said, is to start taking the nutrients by age 40, which is the time when proteins can begin misfolding. He said symptoms typically appear many years later. The ingredients in the Mito-C supplement helps slow the rates of protein synthesis to guard against protein misfolding.
"Most of the diseases we associate with aging are caused by misfolding of proteins in your body. When your cells accumulate misfolding proteins, the cells stop dividing and cause trouble," Ordman said.
Ordman's second supplement is used to guard against cancer and heart disease. One of its ingredients is tumeric as well as the active ingredients in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and kale.
"Turmeric can help promote healthy joints and keep our hearts in top shape," he said. "Sulforaphane glucosinolate is found in cruciferous vegetables, which are highly recommended for a healthy diet. Cruciferous vegetables are extremely good for your health because the molecules in them kill cancer cells," Ordman said.
Ordman encourages people to visit his website Triumphhealthcorp.com to get more information and to email him at email@example.com to get on his newsletter list.
Ordman said nutrition research is exploding, but unfortunately, people are not learning enough about it. He said, sadly, cancer and other diseases are very profitable for companies that sell products for their treatment, as well as others. Although there are many other supplement companies on the market, they usually encourage buying more products than one needs.
He said if one has a balanced diet with lots of vegetables and exercises regularly, one doesn't need a multivitamin. However by age 40, one should consider taking supplements to prevent against age-related disease. If one doesn't take such supplements, he encourages them to eat blueberries, drink green tea, ingest tumeric and have plenty of cruciferous vegetables.
Ordman, who lives in Rockford now, credits his good health to his supplements and his lifestyle filed with biking, yoga, tai chi, lots of housework and painting. He plans to live for at least another 50 years.