Dr. Sandra Kaufmann's Anti-Aging Secrets
When Dr. Sandra Kaufmann hit middle age, she decided she didn’t want to suffer the ravages of Father Time. So she used her scientific skills to slow him down to a crawl.
“This is what’s going to win me a Nobel Prize,” says Kaufmann, only half kidding, about her master chart detailing the causes of aging and substances that fight them. “No one has ever taken every reason you age and organized it like this, then created a strategic plan anyone can follow to stop, or at least decelerate, the process.”
She calls her plan the “Kaufmann Protocol,” and it includes taking an eclectic mix of antioxidants, herbs and other “molecular agents” that support all aspects of cell health.
“If your cells function the way they should, your body will function the way it should,” explains Kaufmann, whose day job is chief of anesthesiology at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood.
The 49-year-old physician details her revolutionary anti-aging program in her new book, The Kaufmann Protocol: Why We Age and How to Stop It. She’s launched a website, kaufmannprotocol.com, and has an app on the way.
Kaufmann, who’s also an evolutionary biologist, married mom of two and mountain climber, started researching aging when she hit 45. After poring through thousands of studies about hundreds of substances, she winnowed the list down to about two dozen. They have been scientifically proven to help prevent breakdowns in DNA, energy supply, immunity, metabolic pathways, waste removal and other aspects of cell function that cause aging when they go wrong.
The molecular agents include red wine’s resveratrol, super-antioxidant astaxanthin, dipeptide carnosine, turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin, adaptogenic herb astragalus and the diabetes wonder drug metformin.
“A lot of these things have been around for thousands of years and have proven their worth over time and in studies,” Kaufmann says. “I’m not a holistic, crazy, kumbaya healer. It’s all science.”