Telomeres and Nutrition – Part 2

Telomeres and Nutrition – Part 2

Part 2 in the series of Telomeres and Nutrition:

“Specific studies investigating nutrients…have found that quercetin, resveratrol, green tea catechins, grape seed extract, curcumin and turmeric, all demonstrate the ability to help preserve telomeres, with grape seed extract and curcumin able to generate longer telomeres!

The research on epigenetic medicine tells us that what your mother and even your grandmother ate even before you were born can influence our genes, DNA and cells. Any significant prolonged exposure to challenging environmental or physiological factors can cause inheritable epigenetic changes in your body’s basic functions.

External factors such as such as lack of food, shelter, sleep, exposure to dangerous weather conditions, prolonged stress and other negative factors can modify gene expression, altering its cell division rate, cellular repair process and more.

Children are vulnerable to direct damage as are babies developing in the womb (due to exposures of the mother). Older people also suffer epigenetic damage resulting from accumulated abnormalities of a lifetime of cellular division.

Eating less or fasting activates the SIRT 1 gene, which reduces cellular stress during times of famine, and resveratrol also activates SIRT 1, providing the same benefit in maintaining telomeres. (The SIRT 1 gene can be a source of power and longevity because when it is activated it produces proteins that shield cells from inflammation and damage by oxidation. This gene is a defense mechanism activated by low calorie consumption. This gene is thought to have a positive effect on lifespan with studies proving that animals living on a calorie restricted diet live as much as 40 percent longer than those whose calories are not controlled.)

Prematurely short telomeres are a way to identify an inflamed body that is having difficulty repairing its DNA. This is a clear marker for cancer and for heart disease

The length of your telomeres reflects the vitality your body displays to keep up with its challenges. As telomeres shorten or become functionally impaired, aging is accelerated. Therefore, reducing inflammation and preserving our telomeres is an important principle of health and aging.” – Nashoba Publishing

 

 

 

Telomeres and Nutrition – Part 1

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