Updated: Aug 6
In Chinese medicine school, we had it drummed into our heads how harmful the non-stop onslaught of cold, usually ice-cold, beverages in the American way of life is. Our stomachs and intestines akin to a slow cooker, we were told, neither to be taken for granted nor interfered with: "You are what you digest."
So as far as Mark Hyman's latest longevity smoothie goes, I am only endorsing this idea during the summer months— and only then for folks with robust digestion. Homemade soups and (slow carb) stews/congees are more appropriate for the rest of the year— and year round for those whose "stomach fire" is on the weak side.
Take some of his specific brand recommendations with a grain of salt, as it appears he has a financial interest in the more obscure names. I consider myself neither a bio-hacker per se nor someone who wants to live to be 120— much less Hyman's goal of 180. But the concept of "healthspan" does appeal to me, and I coach as many family members and friends as I can on how to set themselves up (with what we seem to know today about these things) to live exuberantly, expansively, gratefully until the pre-dawn hour or midday nap where their ethereal essence gently lifts away.
30 grams (2 scoops) goat whey protein (or plant-based + BCAA's as veg/vegan option)
Contents of 4 capsules of Renual* (Pure Encapsulations)
5 grams (1 scoop) creatine powder (Thorne)
9 grams (1 scoop) Gut Food (his own prebiotic/probiotic/polyphenol blend, but there are almost certainly better options)
1 Tbsp MCT oil or Brain Octane C8 MCT oil
1 tsp Stamets 7 Mushroom Powder
8-12 ounces unsweetened macadamia or other nut or seed milk (he likes the Elmhurst)
1 handful frozen berries
1 tsp matcha green tea powder (Navitas)
1 tsp organic pomegranate and cranberry concentrate (Lakewood)
* Renual is the closest approximation to Hyman's published ingredient, Mitopure by Timeline Nutrition. Both offer 500 mg of urolithin-A, and the Pure Encapsulations version includes Japanese knotweed (trans-resveratrol) extract and CoQ10 (60 mg per suggested 2 capsule dose)