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Multivitamins Linked to Younger Biological Age

Multivitamins Linked to Younger Biological Age

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Multivitamins Linked to Younger Biological Age
(OrganicJar) Research conducted at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences discovered that cells from individuals who take a multivitamin have a younger biological age than cells from individuals who don’t take a multivitamin. Researchers looked at the length of telomeres, DNA sequences at the end of chromosomes that shorten as cells replicate and age.

The ageing and lifespan of normal, healthy cells are linked to the telomerase shortening, which limits cells to a fixed number of divisions. During cell replication, the telomeres function by ensuring the cell’s chromosomes do not fuse with each other or rearrange, which can lead to cancer. Elizabeth Blackburn, a telomere pioneer at the University of California San Francisco, likened telomeres to the ends of shoelaces, without which the lace would unravel.

Dr. Honglei Chen from the NIEH noted that telomere length may therefore be a marker of biological ageing, and that multivitamins may beneficially affect telomere length via modulation of oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.

With each replication the telomeres shorten, and when the telomeres are totally consumed, the cells are destroyed. Previous studies have also reported that telomeres are highly susceptible to oxidative stress.

In an attempt to identify specific nutrients that could be behind the observations, a positive relationship between telomere length and intakes of vitamins C and E from foods was observed.

My Thoughts:

My favorite multivitamin, which I take daily, is ALIVE by Nature’s Way (no iron added, I’m a guy). They use the highest quality of ingredients from more natural sources than any other and some even are organically grown. Check Them Out: naturesway.com

Source: duanespears, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

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  1. Not to nitpick, but this should say “People with adequate vitamin and mineral balances, have younger cells.”

    It really isn’t the supplements, it’s about getting back to foods that are sustainably grown in rich souls. Pure water supplies, and mineral rich salts. Fact is, people that get a lot of minerals – live a *LOT* longer and most modern food is almost essentially “Dead”.

  2. There is no doubt in my mind that multivitamins do help in maintaining a healthy and young body. I used to not take anything and I felt so tired! Now, I take specific vitamins and minerals based on my needs and I am top fit and can still touch my toes;)

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