Telomeres: How to Support These Silent Protectors
It seems like with each passing year we learn something new about the human body and how nutrition and supplements can impact our well-being around this new-found information.
While telomeres have been a part of the human body since its existence science is still discovering all that they encompass and their contribution to overall health. At present, research is showing the results of telomeres aging and the impact that has on DNA and telomere health overall.
What are telomeres and telomerase exactly? To understand telomeres we must first discuss deoxyribonucleic acid, best known as DNA. DNA is our genetic material we inherited and damage to it can result in a host of aging side effects, such as disease. Our genes are organized around molecules of DNA, the twisted double-stranded molecules referred to as chromosomes. These chromosomes have caps at the end that provide protection of our genetic material, allow for cell division, and house our individual aging and disease patterns. These caps are known as telomeres.
Impact on aging
Telomeres do not code for any particular gene, their primary role is protecting the genetic material inside the chromosomes. During DNA and telomere replication these strands get shorter, but this does not impact the cell adversely, until they replicate to the point that the telomere is too short to split any further.
As we age so does our telomeres. Cell division is a common occurrence in the body, but each time this division takes place telomere shortenings occur. When the telomeres have gotten too short to divide any further they become inactive or die off. This naturally occurring process sheds light on the connection between telomeres and aging. This division does not occur in areas of the body where cell division doesn’t occur frequently, as in the heart muscle. However, research is beginning to link aging and life-expectancy to short telomeres.
Richard Cawthon, a Geneticist at the University of Utah has discovered some interesting findings. His research shows that those with shorter telomeres over the age of 60 are three times more likely to die from heart disease and eight times more likely to diet from infectious disease.
While further research is still needed regarding an association between telomere length and cancer studies show that many cancer cells have short telomeres. This is especially true in the case of bone, pancreatic, bladder, prostate, kidney, sung, and head and neck cancers.
Telomerase is an enzyme responsible for counteracting telomere shortening. This telomere enzyme is most effective in telomere extension in young cells, but over time this enzyme will run low as well and telomere aging will inevitably occur.
Fun fact: your DNA could stretch from the earth to the sun and back 600 times.
When it comes to telomere anti-aging many people are beginning to turn to telomere lengthening supplements. The telomere length - anti-aging association is undeniable and the supplement industry is taking notice and making products available to the general public.
Regarding supplements, not all are created equal. As it happens, often time’s manufactures will produce a less quality supplement when a new supplement “fad” begins. Supplementing to increase telomere age in the body is no passing fad, but the consumer must still take care to select a high quality product to avoid waste and get the best results possible.
Bioavailability is an important supplement characteristic that is often lost in low-quality products. It refers to the amount of the substance that actually enters into circulation once it has been processed by the body. This is important because low bioavailability means you are not getting as high of a dose as what is being portrayed on the bottle.
Quality extends to making options available for any consumer. The vegetarian supplement user will often have issues finding a vegetarian grade product. Choosing a 100% natural, non-GMO, organic, and vegetarian telomere supplement ensures the consumer they are getting a product that has been manufactured with care and quality in mind. Methylation and immune support are two additional qualities to look for in a supplement for telomere support.
Methylation of a substance indicates that it has a methyl group added which helps DNA production and other biochemical reactions in the body occur at their most optimal level. The addition of the ancient herb, Atragalus, makes a telomere supplement not only beneficial for telomere lengthening but for overall immune support as well. It is most effective when combined with other herbs and vitamins.
Did you know? A parent and child share 99.5% of the same DNA.
Your path to a better life
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DNA also known as deoxyribunocleic acid is the hereditary material in all humans. Almost each cell in our bodies has the same DNA. DNA is located in the cell nucleus, but it can also be found in the mitochondria. Mitochondria are structures within cells that convert the energy from food into a form that cells can use. DNA damage is a primary cause of telomere shortening. Scientific studies have shown a correlation between longer telomeres and longer lifespans (the telomere length). Telomeres is considered today to be one of the key components of our "cellular aging clock".
The goal of supplementing for telomere life extension is to lengthen life and reduce the risk of acute and chronic disease. While further research is still warranted, the current results and science are showing that anyone can benefit from adding a supplement to their health regimen that will strengthen and lengthen the life of their telomeres.