During the past year, there have been many interesting studies and discoveries made pertaining to our health. Some of the health topics we’ve covered in the last year ranged from cocoa powder helping combat inflammation, to increasing your fiber intake to reduce your risk of stroke, to the many benefits of drinking coffee; including protecting your brain from developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. But perhaps the most important health finding of 2013 has to be on telomeres, and how nutritional changes we make can extend their lifespan; therefore extending our lifespan.
Telomere is a word some of us have heard a lot of talk about in the health community lately. Telomeres are the strands at the end of our DNA chromosomes that determine how long that cell will live; the length of a cell’s telomere strand will determine the longevity of that cell. The potential for anti-aging, amongst many other health benefits, could be endless.
So, how do you keep your telomeres healthy? That has been the question of 2013 and there have been many studies conducted that have found nutrients to play a significant role in telomere health. Studies have found that vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants play a large role in keeping one’s telomeres healthy.
One particular study found that higher levels of Vitamin D were associated with longer leukocyte telomeres in women. Aside from all the benefits that Vitamin D already provides us, such as helping with calcium uptake for healthy bones and joints and helping your immune system, Vitamin D is now being studied for its telomere-enhancing benefits. A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that higher levels of Vitamin D in women (aged 18-79), including those who were taking supplements, was associated with longer telomeres.1 Short telomere strands have been linked to chronic inflammation and stress; which can lead to a wealth of health problems.
There is no doubt that telomere health is one of the biggest medical buzzes of 2013 and we’ll see just where telomere studies will take us in 2014. While we wait to hear more on telomere health and what nutrients will help extend the lifespan of our telomeres, we can start optimizing our telomere strands with Imortalium™, which includes Vitamin D and many other anti-aging nutrients that promote the longevity of your telomere strands! Imortalium™ is the most advanced anti-aging supplement to date with an Orac of over 10500 that may help extend the lifespan of your cells!
Remember, prevention is the key!
Youngevity Marketing Team