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My Official Immortality Yogurt Recipe
If you heard my episode on fringe biohacks nobody’s heard of, then your ears may have perked up as my guest and I talked about a bacterial formula called “Immortalis” that stimulates the production of something called “Klotho” protein.
Your body’s circulating levels of soluble Klotho decrease with age and lower Klotho levels are associated with an increased risk of age-related diseases. In addition to helping your body produce more Klotho, this proprietary formula, created by Dr. Marco Ruggiero, MD, Ph.D., actually alters the gravitational pull inside cells, thus changing the time perspective in which they can heal (think 40 hours of healing within a 24-hour time frame). By doing so, the DNA in your cells actually has more “time” when multiplying, so less mutations!! I know this sounds crazy, but do a Pubmed search for “Klotho protein,” and you’ll find some pretty compelling research.
Klotho proteins have major effects on anti-aging and longevity but they CANNOT simply be taken exogenously, and instead must be combined with a blend of probiotic precursors to have the so-called “immortality” effect.
Anyways, after the interview, I got my hands on a bottle of Klotho mixed with probiotics from Immortalis (warning: this stuff ain’t cheap), and learned that the best way to 100x the effects is to ferment it in yogurt using a special recipe. So, naturally, that’s exactly what I did this week using goat milk that I boiled first then cooled to room temp, olive oil as a medium for the Klotho protein to grow with, two broken-open capsules of the actual Immortalis Klotho, and a cheap-ass yogurt maker. It took me about 10 minutes to whip up, then 12 hours to ferment before moving to my refrigerator where I’m hoping my wife doesn’t eat my entire batch of really, really expensive yogurt.
The olive oil part of this is actually important. The oleic acid in the olive oil binds to the chondroitin sulfate and vitamins in the probiotic formula thanks to the enzymes produced by the microbes during fermentation. In addition, the olive oil creates a natural hydrophobic layer which allows for the proliferation of anaerobic microbes. Not to mention the fact that oleic acid bound to chondroitin sulfate and vitamins, particularly vitamin D, has powerful therapeutic effects.
So if you are A) bored, and B) have money burning a hole in your pocket for expensive anti-aging probiotics, then try it out. Let me know if you do. By the way, the yogurt tastes amazing. However, I’ve only been eating it for three days now so haven’t tested telomeres or methylation clocks or anything like that. But I have been having some amazing morning poops. So there's that.
Click here to get the Immortalis Klotho Formula if you want to try your own hand at making immortality yogurt (Theoretically, this recipe would work with any probiotic strain, but obviously Klotho protein in the Immortalis formula is the longevity part of this yogurt, so you wouldn't be getting that).
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