Lengthen Your Telomeres and Live Longer?
Miranda Jade Turbin
Miranda Jade Turbin became extremely interested and involved in the subjects of celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and gluten issues a number of years ago, after being diagnosed as celiac after many years of unresolved troubles. Since then, she has engaged in diligent research and writing about these topics, developing gluten-free recipes, and reviewing companies for celiac consumer safety at her award-winning website: GlutenFreeHelp.info.View all articles by Miranda Jade Turbin
Celiac.com 07/27/2012 - In my work as a celiac advocate and researcher, I've promoted taking daily vitamin supplements for better health for quite some time, but now with a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirming this I am pushing it even more.
Telomeres are considered to be the "key" to anti-aging. As you age, your telomeres get shorter and shorter. Lengthening your telomeres will lead to a longer, healthier life. The study in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that multivitamin use can lengthen one's telomeres. This can be accomplished by specific vitamins such as B12, C and E due to the fact that they are antioxidants. This means they fight damaging effects of oxidant (radicals) and even can repair damage which already has been received by the cells.
It's important for one to take B12, C and E regularly and to also get these in your daily diet. Grass-fed beef, salmon, tuna and milk all contain B12. You can get your vitamin C from foods such as strawberries, grapefruit, green bell peppers, etc. Vitamin E is found in broccoli, almonds and many other sources.
It's probably easier to just take a multivitamin, but be careful of ones containing iron. Iron has been shown to have a shortening effect on telomeres. Just adding something as simple as a multivitamin can boost your life span and make you feel great!
- Xu et al. “Multivitamin use and telomere length in women,” Am J Clin Nutr (March 11, 2009).
- L.A. Times: Can taking a multivitamin extend life? http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2009/05/can-taking-a-multivitamin-extend-life.html
- Life Extension: Longer telomeres associated with multivitamin use
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