Slash Your Risk of Abnormal Cell Growth
Normally, your cells divide in an orderly manner. Cell division replaces cells that have worn out, so that all your systems function smoothly.
But cells sometimes divide out of control, producing large numbers of cells that perform no useful function. The offspring of these “rogue cells” can crowd out healthy cells, “steal” their nutrients and eventually lead to death. It’s a scary prospect.
But there’s a new ray of hope on the horizon. You see, researchers at Austria’s Innsbruck Medical University have made a discovery that could slash your chances of abnormal cell growth. And it all ties in to a subject I brought up a few months ago.
You may remember an article I wrote about telomeres – the “caps” on the ends of DNA strands. These caps are sort of like the plastic nibs that keep shoelaces from unraveling. As long as these caps are in good shape, your shoelaces are fine. But when the caps break off or wear down, the shoelace unravels… and you need a new shoelace.
Of course, with your DNA, the situation is more serious than simply replacing a shoelace. When telomeres wear out, so does your DNA. The ends of the strands break down, and the cell can’t reproduce normally. At that point, the cell usually dies.
But we now know these cells sometimes “go rogue.” When that happens, you can become very, very sick. The abnormal cells can crowd out healthy, normal cells. And suddenly, you’re fighting for your life.
What the Austrian scientists proved was that longer, healthier telomeres are inversely related to abnormal cell growth. In other words, people with long, healthy telomeres have a much smaller chance of cells going rogue.1
And here’s why knowing this is important. The research I’ve seen seems to say you can “reset” your telomeres. And when you do, your cells act like fresh, young cells again.2 Even better, it’s easy to give your body this extra edge.
You see, free radical damage is a big factor in wearing down telomeres. And it turns out that some common antioxidants are especially good at promoting telomere health.3
For example, researchers at the National Institutes of Health discovered that vitamins C and E are particularly effective. They found that women who simply took a multivitamin containing vitamins C and E had telomeres more than 5% longer than women who didn’t!4
And in test-tube studies, a Japanese team found that vitamin C can promote slowing of telomere wear by as much as 62%.5 so antioxidants can go a long way towards helping keep your telomeres – and your cells – healthy and young-acting.
But vitamins aren’t the only allies you have in combating abnormal cell growth.
Resveratrol – a powerful antioxidant found in grapes and wine – also has a beneficial effect on your telomeres. Resveratrol appears to stimulate telomerase activity. And telomerase is an enzyme that promotes longer, healthier telomeres.
When Chinese researchers treated cells with resveratrol, telomerase swung into action, prolonging the healthy life of the cells.6
And here’s one more way to support longer, healthier telomeres – and help cut your chances of abnormal cell growth.
Just stay active.
Of course, we’ve known for a long time that staying active is good for you. But a team at the University of California recently discovered it’s good for your telmoeres, too. In fact, they found that very active people are 15 times less likely to have short telomeres than sedentary people!7
You read that right. This study found you might cut your risk by a whopping 93%… just by staying active!
Abnormal cell growth is one of today’s biggest health worries. But thanks to this new research, you now have some simple ways to really cut your risk.
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Best Life Herbals
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