Telomeres and Nutrition – Part 1

Telomeres and Nutrition – Part 1

We all know we need to eat better, right? Here are some key ingredients to look for in your diet or vitamin to help your telomeres:

“Research in nutritional science has been increasing in its ability to demonstrate just how nutrition works to benefit human health and to slow the rate of aging. One aspect of this focuses on what we can do to improve our telomeres, which slows the ticking of our biological clock.

InĀ 1962, Leonard Hayflick presented a theory based on the loss rate of telomeres, which gave humans a maximum potential lifespan of about 120 years, the point at which too many cells have shortened their telomeres to a critical point and where cellular division is no longer taking place.

A half-century later, scientists are learning ways to slow the shortening our telomeres, and with the discovery of the enzyme telomerase, even potentially repairing these vital ends to our chromosomes. We now know that there are various stresses that increase the rate at which our telomeres shorten, including a larger waistline, diabetes and inflammation.

Telomeres have two basic needs; a high quality multiple vitamin (that contains a mentholated B-12), and an adequate amount of sulfur-rich proteins, such as those found in whey protein, eggs, cottage cheese, chicken, duck, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Healthy telomeres also need methylation, which is the process of donating a methyl group (a carbon with three hydrogens) to the genetic material of the telomere, enabling it to function properly. The primary methyl donor for this purpose has now been named SAMe, which is created from nutrients like MSM and choline. The three vitamins needed for this creation are B-6, methyl B-12, and folic acid, incidentally the same three that reduce homocysteine in the body.

With a lack of Vitamin D, it is easy to suffer from systematic inflammation, as in the case of fibro-myalgia and any other case of chronic pain. With this chronic pain comes a host of free radicals, ready to damage our precious telomeres.” – Nashoba Publishing