Continued from Part 1
Reverse The Trend – Add 10 Years (Plus Quality) To Your Life!
According to a recent study conducted at the National Institutes of Health, researchers examined end segments on the DNA strands of over 580 women. These segments, called telomeres, shorten a little each time a cell divides. Shorter telomeres have been linked with an increased risk of serious health issues and death.
The researchers found that study participants who took a daily multivitamin had, on average, 5.1% longer telomeres than those who did not — the equivalent of approximately 9.8 additional years of life!
It is thought that because nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E and the B vitamins (especially vitamin B12) and specific minerals can help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, they may be useful for the maintenance of telomere length, especially when consumed in ratios that supply each nutrient with its supporting co-factors.
Clinical studies have found that other nutrients and lifestyle habits help preserve telomere length as well, such as vitamin D, resveratrol, exercise and calorie restriction. This study provides yet another good reason to take a high-quality multivitamin on a daily basis – something too many people brush off as unnecessary.
Bruce Ames, PhD, one of America’s best-known and most-respected scientists, believes a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement could be your best protection against age-related disease.
He postulates in his “triage theory” that when micronutrients are in short supply, the body allocates scarce resources to activities necessary for short-term survival, such as energy production, blood circulation, and brain function. This leaves other, less vital processes—DNA and mitochondrial repair, for example—to bear the brunt of the deficiencies. Over time, Dr. Ames maintains, cumulative damage and disruptions in metabolism lead to diseases of aging.
Be on the look out for the final section of Why Supplements? later this week.