Kristen Sparrow • October 27, 2012
“Hidden deep inside the body’s cells, they’re called telomeres, and they are so important to every cell’s aging process that the team that discovered their existence was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in 2009… An enzyme called telomerase can restore some length to the chromosome, thus prolonging cell life.”
Unhealthy habits–smoking, overeating have been linked to premature telomere shortening. After only 3 months of overhauling their daily regimens increased their telomerase by 30%. The components are simple sounding, but challenging in our culture.
1. Low fat diet full of vegetables, fruites, beans and whole grains
2. They exercised moderately for 30 minutes most days
3. They attended a weekly communal support group
4. They reduced stress through a daily hour long program of yoga, guided imagery, meditation, and other relaxation techniques.
We’ve discussed longevity and telomeres here and here. I have been taking Astragalus for over 12 years. I figure it helps to counteract some of my less than optimal habits, toast and wine…