General Health

Interesting Developments in Telomere Lengthening

Over the last few years I have been following developments in the ongoing research in developing protocols for lengthening telomeres, or reducing the rate at which they shorten.

If a successful protocol is eventually developed it will probably be the biggest ‘anti-aging’ breakthrough of all time.

This is because telomeres which are the ‘caps’ on the end of our chromosones get shorter every time the cell divides.  When they get too short the cell dies, and when enough cells die the organ of which they are part also dies followed by our own death.  

So, if it is possible to reduce the rate of shortening, or even better, add some more length to them then longevity may increase, but even better longer telomeres are believed to reduce the risk of degenerative conditions.

Research has been going on for years in this field and it has been established that there are a number of nutrients that will contribute to this objective.  Omega 3 fish oil is one of these nutrients and there are others (which we use in Total Balance) but the overall impact on telomeres although helpful is still somewhat modest.

However, it seems that researchers at Stanford University have potentially achieved a breakthrough.  I just found this in an article and thought that many of our readers may be interested. You can read a summary of the story by clicking here ("Telomere-lengthening procedure turns clock back years in human cells" by gizmag), or find more information by visiting the FASEB Journal.


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    Warren Matthews February 11 2015

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    ColinB February 03 2015

  • “Interesting development! The fact that any cells can be supercharged. However around telomerase activation  always one thing that has overshadowed was uncertainty that inactive cancer might be activated.. yet have not seen any evidence of that yet happening to individuals going through telomere treatment using for example TA65 made from concentrated astragalus which itself was used by the Chinese for thousands of years as a herbal supplement. It’s only main substance in the market that has received credible attention in the market that is used in clinics in America. It’s pretty expensive though for most average people. Many claim health benefits though that have used special concentrate form of astragalus. I know Warren you have been working on a telomere product and have been trying it yourself.. any update on results of that you can share possibly? Any possible launch date of that product along the new Total Balance? It would be interesting to see updates you have on new products and updated ones.  Thanks!”

    Mohamed February 03 2015

  • “What has definitely not yet been demonstrated is that lengthening of telomeres in normal healthy people has any effect whatsoever on health or aging. While telomere research may have application for individuals suffering diseases such as progeria, many scientists studying aging have come to believe that telomere research generally is a red herring, and better answers will be found elsewhere.”

    Christine Sutherland February 24 2015

  • “try " telomeres " !!”

    adrian rich February 03 2015

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