Antioxidants & Aging
A recent review in the Naturopathic Medical Journal concluded that supplementation which included either a multivitamin, vitamin D, vitamin C, B-complex, or vitamin E all resulted in increased telomere length. Telomeres are found in our DNA at the end of chromosmes and are used to prevent aging in the cell. This study has important implications in the field of nutrition and genetics, AKA nutriogenomics, and the effect of important food components on aging.
Source: Jenning, K. Can Multivitamins & Antioxidants Slow the Aging Process. Natural Medicine Journal. October 2009.
What’s the Best Way to Get Antioxidants?
Another article in Citizen Times, written by Steven Coward, ND suggested the best and cheapest way to get antioxidants may be from whole foods, rather than supplements. Dr. Coward explains how antioxidants work by suppressing damage to the cell from free radicals and compares ORAC (oxygen radical absorbing capacity) of various foods.
I support the whole food philosophy, but I do believe that additional supplemental reinforcement is needed in today’s world. We are up against more toxins and chemicals than our ancient predecetors and potential damage due to the food we eat, air we breath, and the stressful emotions we feel can drain the body. Furthermore, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported that fewer than 10% of High School Students are getting the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.
Therefore, for the modern busy person, having some additional supplementation with antioxidants in the form of a quality whole food multivitamin or phytonutrients from various herbs or essential oils can be very helpful and ensure a long, healthy, life!
Note: An integrative or functional medical practicioner can help to tailor a specific antioxidant and nutrient profile that not only fits your antioxidant requirements, but also uses supplements specific to your unique biochemical individuality.
Source: Coward, Steven. What is the Best Way to Get Antioxdants in the Diet? Citizen Times.com. September 29, 2009. (online)
Associated Press. Kids Eat Few Fruits, Veggies. Wall Street Journal. September 30, 2009. (online)
More Support on How Food and Lifestyle can Affect our DNA!
I just read a very exciting research abstract on increased telomere length measurements associated with positive lifestyle changes! The study was published in Lancet Oncology in 2008. In the study, 30 men were followed after making significant lifestyle changes. At the conclusion, telomere length was measured and blood markers were taken. The results indicated increased telomere length, decreased cholesterol markers, and better immune function. The authors concluded that positive lifestyle factors were significantly associated with telomere length and overall health markers.
Source: Ornish, D. Et al. The Lancet Oncolocy. Volume 9, issue 11, pages 1048-1057,November 2008