Telomeres and the 12 Vitamins for a Longer Life

Telomeres and the 12 Vitamins for a Longer Life

Researchers and scientists alike have gone to great lengths just to discover the fountain of life. But true longevity lies not in any mystical fountain or holy water. Rather, the secret to a long life can be found in your very DNA, specifically the telomeres.

TelomeresAlexey Olovnikov discovered telomeres back in 1973. Known as the body’s biological clock, telomeres are repeating units found at the end of chromosomes. It is primarily involved in cell division because each time a cell divides, the telomeres shorten until it reaches the point where the telomeres are too short that no further cell division can occur.  As you age, the ongoing cycle of DNA replication and cell division causes shortening of telomeres. Once cell division has completely stopped, death is inevitable.

A number of diseases have been associated with telomere shortening. These health problems include reduced immune response, neurodegenerative diseases, Type 2 Diabetes and atherosclerotic lesions.

Thankfully, science has found that nutrition contributes to longevity. Certain nutrients play a key role in lengthening telomeres, so the process of cell cycle and division proceeds.

How do these nutrients impact the length of telomeres? These nutrients affect telomerase activity. Telomerase is an enzyme involved in the regulation of cell aging and the activation of pathways to prevent DNA damage. It functions by adding to DNA ends, telomeric repeats.

Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics Elizabeth Blackburn found in 1984 that telomerase can actually increase the length of telomeres by using an RNA primer to synthesize DNA. Her discovery solidified the knowledge that both telomeres and the enzyme telomerase protect chromosomes.

Listed below are the twelve nutrients that lengthen telomeres.

  • groceryheadquarters.com_[1]Vitamin D

Vitamin D potently inhibits inflammation by decreasing the turnover of leukocytes. It does so to protect your body from autoimmune diseases and infections. At the same time, it helps maintain long LTL. Leukocyte telomere length (LTL) can actually predict aging-related ailments. As you grow older, both your LTL and telomere length become shorter.

To get the most Vitamin D, it is always best to bathe in sunlight. But for those who prefer staying indoors, you may choose from

  • Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is extracted from Haematococcus pluvialis, a certain type of microalgae. Astaxanthin is renowned for its potent antioxidant and DNA protective properties. It can even shield DNA from damage.

  • Ubiquinol

CoQ10 or ubiquinol is present in every cell found in your body, hence its ubiquitous nature. CoQ10 functions by recycling other antioxidants like vitamin E and C. Sufficient levels of CoQ10 prevent DNA damage, muscle weakness and fatigue.

  • Probiotics

Fermented foods may not be all too appealing. But, you may want to consider adding fermented foods to your diet once you realize that probiotics prevent premature aging. These beneficial bacteria also increase your immune response against infections.

  • salmon-o3-krill[1]Krill Oil

Krill oil is abundant in omega-3 fatty acids. Compared with other fish oil supplements, krill oil naturally contains astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is has a very high resistance to damage caused by oxidation.

  • Vitamin K2

Second in line to vitamin D, vitamin K2 delivers ample protection from cancer risk, specifically prostate cancer. In recent studies, having additional vitamin K2 significantly reduces the chances of cardiac events being triggered.

  • Magnesium

Magnesium is involved in more than 300 enzyme-linked reactions in the body. Moreover, this mineral is heavily involved in both repair and replication of DNA and even synthesis of RNA. Magnesium is found to have a positive correlation with lengthened telomeres, especially in women.

  • 1Polyphenols

Polyphenols are plant-based antioxidants providing anti-aging and disease prevention properties.

Resveratrol from grapes has been linked to life longevity because of its ability to repair DNA and fight free radical damage. Cacao also features antioxidant properties which promote healthy cardiovascular system and glucose metabolism. Meanwhile, polyphenols in green tea like epigallocatechin gallate, reduce cancer risk.

  • Folate

As found in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, folate (also known as folic acid or vitamin B9) functions by methylating DNA and maintaining the length of telomeres in DNA. Thus, there is a positive association between telomere length and levels of folate in the blood.

  • Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is involved in energy production and DNA synthesis. In fact, it is popularly known as the ‘energy vitamin.’ By getting adequate vitamin B12 levels, you optimize your quality of life.

  • Curcumin

Curcumin from turmeric prevents inflammation and boosts the immune system. But, it is more known for its anti-cancer properties. To receive the full health benefits curcumin has to offer, it is best to go for turmeric extracts featuring 95 per cent curcuminoids.

  • Vitamin A

Vitamin A also has a significant role in maintaining a strong immune system. A deficiency of this vitamin can make you susceptible to infections and shortened telomeres.

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In addition to having the optimum levels of these nutrients, we recommend getting regular exercise and practising intermittent fasting.

 

Exercise, specifically the high intensity ones, is a natural way of delaying the aging process. Studies show that individuals who do not exercise have shorter telomeres. Meanwhile, intermittent fasting enables you to restrict your caloric intake and cut carbohydrates. Calorie restriction is revealed to help maintain longevity.

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Rachelle Kazenbroot, a pharmacist of 17 years, has developed a loyal following among locals for her genuine concern for the individual needs of each customer. With a wide knowledge base and a driving passion for complementary therapies, she is results focused when it comes to customer health care.

Her vision for Netpharmacy was to create a seamless experience for those who prefer the convenience of on line shopping, by providing quality care and service without compromise.

Rachelle’s background combines two disciplines – as well as being a qualified pharmacist she also studied natural health – she is able to offer customers both on line and in store, the best of both worlds.

Rachelle Kazenbroot, a pharmacist of 17 years, has developed a loyal following among locals for her genuine concern for the individual needs of each customer. With a wide knowledge base and a driving passion for complementary therapies, she is results focused when it comes to customer health care. Her vision for Netpharmacy was to create a seamless experience for those who prefer the convenience of on line shopping, by providing quality care and service without compromise. Rachelle’s background combines two disciplines – as well as being a qualified pharmacist she also studied natural health – she is able to offer customers both on line and in store, the best of both worlds.