Oxford Healthspan was founded by Leslie Kenny, a Southern Californian entrepreneur and Berkeley and Harvard grad, whose life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis in her 30s. When her doctors told her lupus had a life expectancy of 5 years and that RA could only be managed, not cured, she set out to optimize her health as best she could using safe, natural solutions.
She went back to school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC, became a Bulletproof Coach under health pioneer, Dave Asprey, and took on health coaching clients around the world.
At the same time, she began helping life sciences academics at European universities including Oxford, where she lives, to raise money for their discoveries. It was at a meeting with one such scientist that she learned about a natural compound called spermidine, rich in a traditional Japanese dish she had grown up with, natto. Spermidine was showing great promise supporting health as we age.
The science was compelling - one scientist even called it 'an anti-aging vitamin' in a published scientific journal - and it was safe, but because it was natural and food-derived and not a drug which would bring in more money, no one was interested in promoting it.
Leslie immediately wanted her octogenarian mother back home in California to take it, especially since natto is very hard to come by (it's quite smelly for one thing!) Unfortunately, spermidine wasn’t available in the US or really even known there. Spotting this unmet need, she decided to bring it to the US herself.
Today, at age 55, Leslie is living proof that we can get better with age, so long as we take responsibility for our health and meet our doctors halfway.
Spermidine is part of her anti-aging arsenal and she hopes it will become part of yours too.