2009 Nobel Prize Anti-Aging Nutritional Advice

In 1953, Leonard Hayflick, Ph.D., from the University of California, San Francisco, discovered that human cells divided about 50 times and then dies.  This is the aging process.

Thirty years ago, scientists discovered the reason for this limit was the short caps of DNA on the ends of the chromosomes.  Each time a cell divides, the ends of the chromosomes shortens a little.  When most of the ends disappear, the cell dies.  Consequently, the length of the ends of the chromosomes has been proposed as a marker of biologic aging.

Stress is a powerful driver of end cap shortening and aging.  Research has shown that the lifetime burden of stress is the primary cause of DNA end cap shortening.  So stress management, such as, exercise, yoga, meditation, prayer and adequate sleep and rest, is key to having high energy levels and longevity.

Five-year studies demonstrated increased length of the DNA end caps are linked to taking nutritional supplements.  The association between DNA end cap length and the concentration of vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids in the blood and cells is a compelling reason to take high quality nutritional supplements.

Which supplements have shown to be most effective?  Longer DNA end caps are linked to taking omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils), multivitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E and folic acid supplements.

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