Some Laud Dietary Supplement TA-65, Some Question It

Updated 10/13/2010 09:07 a.m.

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — We all want to stay healthy and keep looking youthful as we age. For centuries, different products have promised to stop the clock on the aging process.

Now a new supplement promises to make your cells young again.

But does it really work?

Dr. Holly Phillips has the latest on a pill some say is the secret to “eternal youth.”

Billy Turon said he is seeing more clearly these days.

“I was very impressed with your report about your eyes.

“Basically you went from having eyes equivalent to the age of 66-year-old to a 40-year-old,” Dr. Florence Comite said.

And it’s not just his eyes. The 66-year-old heart attack survivor said he feels great and his gray hair was even coming in darker. He said he believes it’s all because he’s taking TA-65, a dietary supplement.

“The energy that you get from using TA-65 and the eye improvement that I had is just remarkable,” Turon said.

The little pill claims it increases energy, boosts the immune system, improves sex life and aging skin, making it more radiant.

“I think that TA-65 is wonderful addition to our ability to protect our DNA and hopefully keep us in good health as long as we live,” Dr. Comite said.

Comite, an endocrinologist, has been taking TA-65 herself for about eight months. She said she’s already noticed physical changes.

“I stopped using reading glasses over the past year and that was a complete shock,” Dr. Comite said.

“You can feel the difference like running up or running down the stairs. I mean I don’t hesitate to run up the stairs,” Turon added.

We all know what youth looks like on the outside, but the real metamorphosis happens on the inside. The pill works on the premise that our chromosome ends or “telomeres” become shortened and frayed with age.

Researchers believe damaged telomeres make people more vulnerable to diseases linked to aging, like cancer, diabetes and heart diseases. And if the telomeres can be preserved the hope is health will be extended.

“Instead of waiting for disease to happen I am a strong believer in figuring out what’s emerging and trying to prevent it,” Dr. Comite said.

TA-65 comes from the astralagus plant. It’s extracted from the root, which is used as an immune enhancer in traditional Chinese medicine. But not everyone is a TA-65 supporter.

“We have no large trials for this new supplement to measure what it says its doing,” Dr. Roberta Lee said.

Lee, an internist, is an expert in botanical medicine.

“What happens if you take it every day for 15 years? In theory it’s a great idea. In practice it’s a big question mark,” Lee said.

Lee recommends fighting the clock by eating antioxidant-rich foods, getting enough sleep and reducing stress.

“All of those things put together is probably 10 times more powerful than this new supplement, if not more,” Dr. Lee said.

And while TA-65 may not be the fountain of youth, Turon said, “If you’re aging and you feel like you’re ready for the wheelchair I say take some TA-65.”

More research on TA-65 is needed, but Turon said he is a believer.

TA-65 is not cheap. It can cost $200 a month and up depending on the dosage. We should also mention the Food & Drug Administration regulates dietary supplements — like TA-65 — differently than drugs.

Comments (30)
  1. Albert says:

    I am an MD & a successful amateur athlete. I have been taking TA-65 for 18 months, with just spectacular results! Vision, skin, libido, immune system function (tested before & after a year), more Telomeres (measured also), & significantly improved athletic performance (with no other variables), energy, bone density, & more. Everyone in my entire family over 40 takes it…I am in my 60s. It is not just Astragalus root, put one of the root’s 2000 different molecules isolated & purified to over 96%. The discoverers of Telomeres & Telomerase (which is activated by TA-65 ((Telomerase Activation)) & makes Telomeres healthier & longer) & TA-65, won the Nobel Prize for Medicine on Oct. 5, 2009!! The 1st human trial was published recently in “Rejuvenation Research”.
    All you posters & even Dr. Lee’s comments are just ignorant & uninformed. Do your research! You know, the earth is not flat. Omega 3 Fish Oil was laughed at by the medical community, just like every new discovery, but it is now a prescription medication for cholesterol & triglycerides.
    Stay tuned. Read http://www.tasciences & the study results.

    1. dian jen says:

      Send me a recent picture of yours. We can compare then. I am 78 and I don’t take any pills.

    2. frab says:

      can you please tell me where I can buy TA65 and how much I should pay for this product. thank you

  2. Alison says:

    In response to the comment of “Dr. K. Conor”, TA-65 is a compound identified by Geron Corporation during cancer research. Obtaining significant quantities of it requires isolating it from large amounts of the Chinese herbal supplement astragalus. Just as it is not fair to state that gold is simply overpriced dirt or seawater (it can be isolated from large quantities of both), it is not fair to say that TA-65 is overpriced astragalus.

    Even though there is a lot more involved in aging than telomere shortening that can be reversed in part by TA-65, there may still be value in what the supplement is reported to do. This is no different than many medicines and supplements. Few are able to cure anything, but many are able to help manage medical conditions for the benefit of patients.

  3. Sketical says:

    Hmmm, secret to eternal youth? Neither the patient r doctor looked particularly healthy or youthful

  4. djlactin says:

    It works only if you abstain from alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and sex (a sorceress told me).

  5. Dr. Reality says:

    The fountain of youth: exercise, sleep, limit processed foods. It really is this simple.

  6. Desney says:

    hard to say but this an additional drug for nothing.



  8. manuel says:

    The secret to youth is: Eat healthy, excercise, no drugs(or very little), very little alcohol and being a good person. This all begins from birth or at the very least when you are very young. Once you damaged your body and mind it is too late to look young and live to one hundred and still be very active person.

  9. fern says:

    Accept yourself as you are, be who you are, there’s if strength and beauty inside that’s all that matter as you’ll live longer and better.

  10. dr.k.conor says:

    The product in question is actually powdered Astragalus, one of many traditional Chinese herb medicines that have been should to ‘activate’ Telomerase activity. Rhemannia sp. is another that is used to return graying hair to black. It is highly unethical to conceal a simple plant medicine as a suggestive high tech TA65; the plants costs about $1 for a hand full. When HIV-AIDS was the ‘in-vogue’ subject, Astragalus was also remarketed as a ‘rescue’ medicine due to its’ immuno properties.

    1. Roger says:

      So was it found to be effective in the case of HIV-AIDS??

  11. amanuel says:

    It’s nice to hear such but i need a sample product to test for my body if it’s workt. Is your company gives testing for customers like me… May I have sample product of you, even for 1 week. My appreciation. Thanks!

  12. Phil Tomkind says:

    Avoid this Snake Oil at all costs….even the inflated price should set the alarm bells ringing! I follow anti-oxidant therapy, and have taken HGH promoters for the past 11years. I still run 15 miles 3 times a week, and am a very competitive downhill skier. Ask my 28 year old girlfriend if I am acting my age…I am 74 y3qars ond today!

    No snake oil thanks!!

  13. Tony says:

    Do any of those promoting it have shares in the company manufacturing it?

  14. Ameen Qureshi says:

    Awesome John Casey!!!! true…….

  15. John Casey says:

    Wow! How can I get my hands on some of that Vitamin C, oh, I mean Vitamin E, oh, no, I meant Resveratol….

    Please. Every couple of years they throw some new cowpie up on the wall as the latest cure for everything from cancer to aging, without any medical research to back it up. CBS, you’re embarrassing yourself by publishing this foolishness.

    How about eating five servings of vegetables a day and exercising three times or more a week? Seems to be working pretty well for Jack LaLanne.

    Nah, just keep pounding down McDonald’s double cheeseburgers and taking the latest snake oil.

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