Interesting Developments in Telomere Lengthening

February 2015, Warren Matthews

Summary

Over the last few years I have been following developments in the ongoing research in developing protocols for lengthening telomeres, or reducing the rate at which they shorten.

Over the last few years I have been following developments in the ongoing research in developing protocols for lengthening telomeres, or reducing the rate at which they shorten.

If a successful protocol is eventually developed it will probably be the biggest ‘anti-aging’ breakthrough of all time.

This is because telomeres which are the ‘caps’ on the end of our chromosones get shorter every time the cell divides.  When they get too short the cell dies, and when enough cells die the organ of which they are part also dies followed by our own death.  

So, if it is possible to reduce the rate of shortening, or even better, add some more length to them then longevity may increase, but even better longer telomeres are believed to reduce the risk of degenerative conditions.

Research has been going on for years in this field and it has been established that there are a number of nutrients that will contribute to this objective.  Omega 3 fish oil is one of these nutrients and there are others (which we use in Total Balance) but the overall impact on telomeres although helpful is still somewhat modest.

However, it seems that researchers at Stanford University have potentially achieved a breakthrough.  I just found this in an article and thought that many of our readers may be interested. You can read a summary of the story by clicking here ("Telomere-lengthening procedure turns clock back years in human cells" by gizmag), or find more information by visiting the FASEB Journal.

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