Almost every health problem begins in individual cells.
Viruses invade cells… and you get sick. Bacteria attack cells… and you get sick. Wear, inflammation and other problems on a cellular level cause joint pain, fatigue, heart trouble and more.
In the same way, the foods you eat nourish individual cells. And the supplements you take strengthen, support and protect your body on a cellular level, too.
That’s why I get excited when I read about discoveries in cellular health. Because these “little” discoveries can have a big impact on the quality of your life.
And that’s exactly what I came across recently. But before I reveal an easy way to keep your cells healthy longer, let me explain why it’s so important.
The “Immortal Cell” Theory
Every cell in your body wears out eventually. After a while, a cell just can’t divide any more. When this happens – what scientists call “senescence” – the cell dies pretty quickly.
But some scientists wonder if we could keep your cells dividing without reaching senescence. If we could, you’d look and feel better, because you’d have more healthy cells for a longer time. It would be sort of an internal “fountain of youth.”
This so-called “immortal cell” theory is intriguing. And while it may be impossible to reach, we’ve already learned how to push the boundaries back a little bit – thanks to something called telomeres.
Telomeres and Your Health
Telomeres (pronounced “tell-uh-meerz”) are like aglets – those little plastic caps – at the end of shoelaces. Except telomeres are caps at the end of your chromosomes. Each time a cell divides, the telomeres get a bit shorter. Eventually, they’re too short for the cell to make a complete copy of its DNA, and it stops dividing. It reaches senescence.
This may not sound like much, but the research behind the understanding of telomeres won the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine. It’s that big a deal. And it’s opened up a whole new frontier for research.
For example, a team at the National Institutes of Health discovered that smoking and being overweight both speed the shortening of telomeres. And psychological stress can, too.1
The American Heart Association reports that people with high blood pressure and shortened telomeres are much more likely to develop a build-up of plaque that narrows their arteries.2
Dutch researchers found that people suffering with health problems linked to old age have “remarkably shorter” telomeres.3 And an English report – among others – links free radical damage to shortened telomeres.4
Several conditions can speed the shortening of telomeres… and short telomeres are bad news for your health.
But here’s where the good news comes in. Because you can promote longer, healthier telomeres. And a recent study has revealed an easy way to get started.
How to Keep Your Cells – and You – Healthier Longer
You can protect your telomeres by avoiding cigarettes and losing any extra weight. But there’s an even easier step you can take that has a big impact.
At the National Institutes of Health (NIH), scientists recently compared 586 women. After adjusting for age and other variables, they had a clear result. Women who took a certain supplement had, on average, 5.1% longer telomeres.5 The supplement?
A daily multivitamin.
That’s right, just taking a daily multivitamin provides significant protection for your telomeres. And that can keep your cells healthier longer.
You probably know that I recommend a daily multivitamin to all my patients. And my multis of choice are Bestlife Herbal’s Men’s Daily Formula. Packed with vitamins C and E – which the NIH researchers found independently promoted longer telomeres.5
So, to give your cells – and your overall health – a boost, here’s another great reason to take a quality multivitamin supplement.
Dr. Kenneth Woliner, M.D.
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