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Lengthen Your Telomeres and Live Longer?

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. 

Photo--CC--Eric_KilbyTelomeres 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. 

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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!

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Jen
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30 Jul 2012 6:58:46 AM PDT
The article would be better if it included a brief description of telomeres.

 
Lissa
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30 Jul 2012 7:16:57 PM PDT
I've never heard of telomeres. The article doesn't address this.

 
Max
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01 Aug 2012 12:24:08 AM PDT
Your genes are a double helix. At the base of that is a bit of nonsense that doesn't seem to do anything, but when the genes split because the cell is dividing, the telomere gets a little shorter. When it's too short, the cell can't divide anymore and you get aging. Protecting the telomeres extends life. There are lots of people working on this solution. Look at Singularity U.

 
Diana
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I am partnered with a company that has a natural option for telomerase activation. Clinicals are underway to prove this. Our products are friendly for celiacs as well. If you would like more information on this breakthrough product, please email me at DianaFrerick@aol.com.

 
Ivan
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As we age, our telomeres shorten. Scientific studies have shown that short telomeres are associated with age-related decline and dysfunction. Evidence clearly shows that people with long telomeres age healthier and live longer. The only way to lengthen telomeres is through the activation of an enzyme called telomerase. Currently the only way to activate telomerase is to take TA-65 supplements.

 
Karen
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What? I have to take iron because of anemia due to celiac disease. I've switched from Rx Ferrex to the health food liquid Floravital. I hope it does less damage.




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VSL #3 is safe and powerful probiotic. You get it at Costco in pharmacy or online. Metamucil is too hard on my system too. Psyllium husk is easier on the system and I tolerated it a little better. It did nothing for my husband because it was too gentle for him.

You might want to have your GI test for SIBO. Similar gut symptoms, common in celiacs, often agrivated by probiotics because you are adding more microbes to the overgrowth (FYI, the overgrowth is typically good bacteria is the wrong place). That's one of the next things they look for in a celiac still having symptoms.

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