There are very small pieces of DNA located at the end of every chromosome, known as telomeres. Research is starting to show that the length and condition of these telomeres may have a significant impact on aging.
As cells divide (which happens on a continual basis), telomeres can get shorter or damaged, and studies have shown that shorter telomeres can cause premature aging.
Fortunately there are some simple ways to protect the health of your telomeres, and possible even increase their length.
Start by adding the 10 nutrients below to your diet. These simple ingredients will help to protect telomere health, fight free radicals and protect against the signs of aging.
Alternatively consider taking one of the many daily supplements released over the past few years. Product B from Isagenix, formulated in collaboration with renowned anti-aging scientist Dr Bill Andrews, is very popular and contains many of the nutrients described below (along with others). TA-65 from TA Sciences is another established supplement. For people looking for a cheaper option Telemore Advantage by Swanson is worth considering.
1. Vitamin B12 – This is referred to as the “energy vitamin”, and it is needed by the body for many reasons, including energy production, DNA synthesis, myelin formation, and blood formation. It can be found in most animal tissues, including beef, lamb, venison, salmon, shrimp, poultry, and eggs, and is necessary for energy production, blood formation, DNA synthesis, and myelin formation. It is available as a supplement in a spray or tablets.
2. Polyphenols – These antioxidant compounds are found in plant foods, and have anti-aging benefits as well as the ability to protect the body against many diseases. Some of the best sources of polyphenols include grapes, cocoa, and green tea.
3. Probiotics/Fermented Foods – Everyone knows that eating processed foods is not good for you, and it will shorten your life expectancy. These foods, which are loaded with sugar and chemicals, can ruin your intestinal microflora, which in turn can damage your immune system. You need to have bacteria in your gut, which is where these foods come into play.
4. Krill Oil – You can get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, which can reverse the shortening of telomere, from krill oil. This is much better for you than regular fish oil, and has many more benefits. In fact, you will get up to 50 percent more omega-3 fatty acids per milligram from krill oil than from fish oil.
5. Vitamin D – The best way to get your daily dose of vitamin D is to get out and enjoy the sun, with sunscreen of course so you don’t get the harmful effects of the UV rays. There are also many supplements available, and plenty of delicious foods that are loaded with vitamin D. Milk products are some of the first foods to come to mind.
6. Ubiquinol (CoQ10) – This is the fifth most popular nutritional supplement in the US. It benefits every cell in the body, and it is considered an anti-aging supplement. It even brings other antioxidants back to life in the body, and can help in the fight against heart failure and other conditions.
7. Astaxanthin – This is a potent antioxidant that has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, as well as the ability to protect DNA. It also helps to protect the eyes, brain, and central nervous system. This is available in supplement form, and it is important not to take too much.
8. Vitamin K2 – Research shows that vitamin K2 could be just as important for the body as vitamin D. This vitamin aids in blood clotting, and can even help to prevent prostate cancer. Vitamin K2 can be found in fermented foods such as cheese. Natto, a Japanese food, is the richest source of vitamin K2.
9. Magnesium – This nutrient is important for DNA replication and repair, as well as RNA synthesis. It can greatly increase telomere in women, and a deficiency can lead to shortening telomere.
10. Folate (vitamin B9 or Folic Acid) – Folate is important for DNA integrity and methylation, which both influence telomere length. It aids in the prevention of depression, seizure disorders, and brain atrophy.