Dramatically slow the aging process with one supplement
January 05, 2013
Volume 3 | Issue 01
Anti-aging secrets are a dime-a-dozen these days. Some are valid; most are not. But scientists are zeroing in on the key to aging. And they're also finding simple ways to fight aging, which I'll tell you about in a moment.
First, the key to aging. According to a lot of recent research, it has to do with telomeres. I've told you about telomeres in the past. They are the tail-like caps on the end of your chromosomes. They actually keep your DNA intact as cells divide. When your cells divide, the process normally shortens the length of your telomeres. Scientists tell us that shortened telomeres cause aging and a weakened immune system. So you want to keep your telomeres as long as possible. But how do you do it?
A new study by Ohio State University researchers found a simple way to keep your telomeres long – even if you're overweight. As you may know, obesity can hasten the aging process. So this is a big discovery.
These researchers found that taking 2.5 grams to 1.25 grams of omega-3 supplements protected telomeres from shortening during the cell division process. What's more, these doses reduced their oxidative stress by 15% as well. Oxidative stress from free radicals can tear through cells, telomeres, and your DNA in general, which causes aging to speed up.
Amazingly, the lead author of the study admitted, "The telomere finding is provocative in that it suggests the possibility that a nutritional supplement might actually make a difference in aging." We've known for years that supplements can make a difference in slowing down the aging process. But conventional medicine has been slow to accept it. This is a big step in that direction.
However, it's not just the omega-3 action on telomeres that made this study truly groundbreaking. The team of researchers also discovered that omega-3 fatty acid supplements lowered inflammation. This confirms why fish oils are so good for your joints, your heart, and your overall health.
Lead author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser said, "Inflammation in particular is at the heart of so many health problems. Anything that reduces inflammation has a lot of potentially good spinoffs among older adults." One of the biggest anti-inflammatory benefits that this study uncovered was the connection of inflammation to telomere length. In other words, the more inflammation you have, the faster your telomeres shorten. So keeping inflammation under control is vital for slowing down the aging process. And fish oils are a simple, yet highly effective way to do so.
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Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.