anti aging

  1. Essential fatty acids cause telomeres to grow

    Fatty acid age fighter

    They say you can't turn back the clock. I'm not so sure.

    You see, researchers may have stumbled across the Fountain of Youth. Anti-aging scientists say that some of the most important cells in your body -- the ones that run your immune system -- could have their lives extended by something that millions of us already do every day, and that's toss back a little fish oil.

    The cutting-edge study focused on how the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil affect immune cells. And what the researchers uncovered was stunning.

    The fish oil essentially turned back the hands of time!

    You see, immune cells are constantly replicating and then dying off. But each new generation of immune cells loses a little bit of the DNA at the tip of the chromosomes.

    These little chromosome caps are called telomeres and they're at the heart of aging and all the diseases that can go with it. In fact, you could say that it's these shortening telomeres that are responsible for us getting old and ultimately for us dying.

    For the study 106 overweight, but otherwise healthy, adults were given either 1.25 grams a day of omega-3 fatty acids, 2.5 grams a day of those same fatty acids, or a placebo.

    Incredibly, the telomeres grew longer! The fish oil hadn't just stopped the chromosomes from getting shorter—it's as if it had reversed the hands of time.

    Apparently the fish oil accomplishes this astonishing task by improving the balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in the body. And, as a result, telomere-shrinking inflammation plummets between 10 and 12 percent.

    Good health requires omega-3s and there's no reason to wait around for more research to climb aboard the fish-oil boat.

    I recommend the delicious and healthy Mediterranean diet to naturally increase your omega-3 levels. And a quality fish oil supplement, from a manufacturer you trust, can help you raise your omega-3 levels without raising your mercury exposure.

  2. Vitamin D plus grapes can boost immune system function

    Boost your immune system with this trick

    A little bit of sunshine and a big bowl of fresh red grapes -- that's not just a recipe for a terrific early autumn snack.

    It's also a recipe for good health and proper immune system function.

    The vitamin D you get from sunlight is one of the most powerful nutrients around, while the resveratrol found in red grapes is an antioxidant known to fight the effects of aging.

    Each on its own can give your immune system a lift. But this is a case where 1 + 1 equals more than two -- because new research shows how the two compounds go together like peanut butter and jelly when it comes to immune system support.

    Together, they can actually enhance a critical immune system gene called cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide, or CAMP for short -- and it's a gene you need to fight disease, especially infection caused by bacteria.

    Of the hundreds of compounds tested on the CAMP gene, the two that stood out for having this effect were vitamin D and a class of nutrients known as stilbenoids that includes the resveratrol I just mentioned as well as the pterostilbene found in blueberries.

    You can of course get both by enjoying fresh fruit. But if you need more immune support -- or if berries and grapes aren't in season where you live -- you can get many of the same nutrients from an antioxidant supplement blend or resveratrol capsules.

    And while sunshine is the best natural source of vitamin D, the very real threats of sunburn and skin cancer means you should limit your time outdoors (and use an all-natural sunscreen when you are exposed).

    Supplements are a safe and inexpensive way to get the D you need for good health and immune system function without the risks of excess sunlight. Most people need between 2,000 IUs and 5,000 IUs per day.

  3. Having a positive attitude leads to healthy aging

    Seniors who have a positive attitude about aging age better, new research confirms.
  4. Endurance training can defeat aging

    Endurance training isn't just healthy -- it can also help reduce the damage to your DNA that comes from aging.
  5. How to lose muffin top

    For many women, 'muffin top' isn't caused by what they eat. It's caused by a drop in estrogen after menopause.
  6. How fish oil can reverse aging

    The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can stop one of the key markers of aging on the cellular level.

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