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Biohacking, nootropics, and the notion of optimizing one's human performance are on a rapid rise. Nootrobox founders Geoffrey Woo and Michael Brandt are some of the foremost thinkers in this space, and they are here to have intellectual conversations that will make you THINK every Monday.


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Apr 18, 2019

mTor…mechanistic target of rapamycin. What is it?

We reference mTor frequently on our podcast, particularly when we discuss fasting or keto and their potential for extending health & lifespan.

mTor is a pathway that helps controls cell growth. In the most simplest terms: When you have high mTor activation, you promote growth in the body. When you have low mTor activation, you promote repair and maintenance.

mTor is sensitive to the nutrients we consume (especially protein and carbohydrate), so by controlling our diet, we can control mTor. This is an exciting area because a lot of people think mTor plays a role for longevity & metabolism. The ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting are natural ways to target & regulate your mTor.

Dr. Keith Baar, a professor of Physiology at the UC Davis Medical School, is an expert on mTor and muscle growth. This is a valuable conversation for anyone interested in mTor and strategies to control it, and why non-tissue specific approaches like rapamycin might have problems.



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