A 45-year-old tech mogul spends $2M a year to make his body 18 again

Bloomberg published an article this week about Bryan Johnson (previously), who sold his payment processing company to eBay, Inc. for $800M in cash back in 2013. Naturally, he used his newfound wealth to de-age himself.

Johnson, 45, is an ultrawealthy software entrepreneur who has more than 30 doctors and health experts monitoring his every bodily function. […] Getting the program up and running required an investment of several million dollars, including the costs of a medical suite at Johnson's home in Venice, California. This year, he's on track to spend at least $2 million on his body. He wants to have the brain, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, tendons, teeth, skin, hair, bladder, penis and rectum of an 18-year-old.

"The body delivers a certain configuration at age 18," he says. "This really is an impassioned approach to achieve age 18 everywhere." Johnson is well aware that this can sound like derangement and that his methods might strike some as biotech-infused snake oil, but he doesn't much care. "This is expected and fine," he says of the criticism he's received.

Johnson, Zolman and the team are more than a year into their experiments, which they collectively call Project Blueprint. This includes strict guidelines for Johnson's diet (1,977 vegan calories a day), exercise (an hour a day, high-intensity three times a week) and sleep (at the same time every night, after two hours wearing glasses that block blue light).


There are some obvious signs that Johnson is at least healthier than most 45-year-olds. The dude is way beyond ripped. His body fat hovers between 5% and 6%, which leaves his muscles and veins on full display. But it's what has happened inside his body that most excites his doctors. They say his tests show that he's reduced his overall biological age by at least five years. Their results suggest he has the heart of a 37-year-old, the skin of a 28-year-old and the lung capacity and fitness of an 18-year-old. "All of the markers we are tracking have been improving remarkably," says Toll.

And before you ask, because I know you're wondering:

He blasts his pelvic floor with electromagnetic pulses to improve muscle tone in hard-to-reach places and has a device that counts the number of his nighttime erections. Of late, he's been presenting as a teenager in that regard, as well.

I hate that this was such a grotesquely fascinating read … but it really was. On one hand, sure, it's kind of neat that this sort of thing is (kind of) possible. On the other hand, it sounds like a pretty miserable lifestyle that's only attainable to the super-wealthy. It feels like a sci-fi horror story waiting to happen, and I can't look away.

But if you, too, want to try to de-age, there are recipes and workout routines on the guy's website. Just a heads-up though, you're going to need to invest in some supplements:

Upon waking

• Acarbose 200mg (Rx)
• Ashwagandha 600mg
B Complex .25 pill M/Th
BroccoMax 250mg
• C 500mg
Cocoa Flavanols 500mg
D-3 2,000 IU
• DHEA 25mg
• E 67mg
EPA 500mg with vitamin E 5mg
Garlic 2.4g equivalent
Garlic 1.2g (kyolic) 
Ginger Root 2.2g
Glucosamine Sulphate 2KCL 1,500mg
Iodine as potassium iodide 125 mcg 
Lithium, as lithium orotate, 1mg
Lycopene 10mg
Lysine 1g
• Metformin ER 1,500 (Rx)
Nicotinamide Riboside 375mg (6 x wk)
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) 1,800 mg
Turmeric with piperine 1g
Taurine 1g
Ubiquinol 100mg
• Zeaxanthin (20mg Lutein, 4mg Zeaxanthin)
Zinc 15mg


• Acarbose 200mg (Rx)
BroccoMax 250mg
• C 500mg
Cocoa Flavanols 500mg 
EPA 500mg 
Garlic 2.4g equivalent 
Garlic 1.2g (kyolic)
• Ginger Root 2.2g
Glucosamine Sulphate 2KCL 1,500mg
Hyaluronic Acid 300mg 
Lysine 1g
• L-Tyrosine, 500mg
• Metformin ER 500 mg (Rx)
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) 1,800 mg
Nicotinamide Riboside 375mg (6x wk)
Turmeric 1g

Before bed 

Melatonin 300 mcg


• Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 30mL daily 
• Pea Protein, 29 grams daily
• Dark Chocolate, 15 grams
• Rapamycin 13mg, bi-weekly (Rx)
• Testesterone 2mg patch 6x weekly 
B12 methylcobalamin 1x/wk

How to Be 18 Years Old Again for Only $2 Million a Year [Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg]