It appears that even our telomeres love it when we watch what we eat! With all of the information on diets and healthy eating available to us, sometimes it can be difficult to know which food is actually better for us when we are given choices. Here is a quick summary of nutrients that are thought to make those telomeres happy:
“Some foods, though, may hurt your chances of aging well. A steady intake of sugar-sweetened beverages, red meat, processed meats (e.g., sausage, bacon, pepperoni, cold cuts) and excess alcohol have been shown to speed up the shortening of telomeres, the parts of DNA that affect aging.
Telomere shortening – which happens every time a cell divides – has been linked to aging, cancer, stroke, dementia, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Obesity (e.g., having a BMI of 30 or greater) is also associated with shorter telomeres. Regular exercise, omega-3 fats, whole grains, fibre and vitamins C and D are thought to preserve telomere life.” – The Globe and Mail