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Aging, Telomers, Telomerase: Why You Age and How to Reverse Aging

Stress can cause poor health and make you look exhausted and haggard. Stress is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, poor immune function, premature aging, high blood pressure, obesity and even diabetes. Exactly how stress brings about the early onset of age-related disease is not entirely clear. Many believe that stress increases the rate of aging within the cells themselves.

Cellular Aging

Cellular aging is associated with oxidative stress, lowered telomerase activity, and shorter telomere lengths. These factors affect the longevity of your body’s cells.

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Telomeres are the caps or ends of chromosomes which provide protection and help give stability to the chromosomes. Telomeres are composed of terminal sequences of TTAGGG DNA base units at the ends of all chromosomes that signify the end of chromosomal information. At conception there are approximately 2,500 TTAGGG sequences as “end caps” to chromosomal data.

Telomers are a target of oxidative damage and become damaged and shortened due to the action of free radicals.

Psychological stress itself seems to accelerate the shortening of telomeres. In one study 58 mothers were studied. 19 of the mothers had a healthy child while 39 mothers cared for a chronically ill child. The research found that (adjusted for the age of the mother) the more years of caregiving, the shorter the mother’s telemores, the lower the telomerase activity and the more oxidative stress the mothers experienced. Continue reading

Discover the Health Benefits of Turmeric

What is Turmeric?

Turmeric is an inexpensive, tasty, yellow spice used extensively in Asian food. It is also used as a dye for saris and Buddhist monk’s robes. Turmeric is a perennial plant that is native to South and Southeast Asia. It requires warm temperatures (68-86 degrees Fahrenheit) and a rainy environment.

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It has a long history of use spanning thousands of years in both India and China as a cure for many ailments. Turmeric has played a part in Ayurveda, Siddha medicine, Unani, and traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. More recently western researchers have investigated turmeric and have discovered evidence of many health benefits. One active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has shown its power for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. More than a billion people regularly consume curcumin in their diet.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

One key to health involves preventing free radical damage throughout your body. Free radicals are atoms or molecules with unpaired electrons that cause chemical reactions (oxidative damage) with cells in your body. They can damage lipids, proteins, DNA, or cell membranes. Free radical damage prevents the body from functioning normally and often causes inflammation or even cell death.

Unfortunately, there are many things in our environment that can create free radicals. Free radicals can be generated by the foods we eat, various drugs and medicines, air and water pollutants, pesticides and exercise to name a few. Oxidative damage caused by free radicals has been associated with various chronic diseases such as cancer, atherosclerosis, and neurodegenerative diseases as well as aging.

To the rescue come antioxidants. These free radical scavengers either prevent free radicals from forming or react with existing free radicals to neutralize them and make them safe. By reducing damage, any inflammation to aid in repairing cell damage is less necessary.

Curcumin has a “potent anti-inflammatory property” that helps keep free radical contained. It’s antioxidant property is 5 to 10 times stronger than vitamins C and E.

But, you should not consider curcumin as a medicine to be taken when you become ill. It is best used daily to help contain free radicals and reduce inflammation. It is a key nutrient that you should take every day.

What Free Radical Damage Diseases Can Turmeric and Curcumin Help Prevent?

Oxidative stress has been a known factor in many diseases such as:

  • cancer
  • autoimmune disorders
  • aging
  • cataract
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • cardiovascular disease
  • neurodegenerative diseases

Subash C. Gupta, Sridevi Patchva, and Bharat B. Aggarwal in their article Therapeutic Roles of Curcumin: Lessons Learned from Clinical Trials in American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Journal citing half a century of research on curcumin indicated:

Some promising effects have been observed in patients with various pro-inflammatory diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, uveitis, ulcerative proctitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disease, tropical pancreatitis, peptic ulcer, gastric ulcer, idiopathic orbital inflammatory pseudotumor, oral lichen planus, gastric inflammation, vitiligo, psoriasis, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, diabetic nephropathy, diabetic microangiopathy, lupus nephritis, renal conditions, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, β-thalassemia, biliary dyskinesia, Dejerine-Sottas disease, cholecystitis, and chronic bacterial prostatitis.

Clinical trials of turmeric and curcumin are ongoing. Some clinical trials are looking various types of cancers (breast, prostate, pancreatic, lung and colorectal), type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, dermatitis, cognitive impairments and depression.

Bio-Availability Problem

Clinical trials show that when consumed, the bioavailability of curcumin is relatively low. The liver rapidly clenses the bloodstream of curcumin, quickly making it ineffective.

Several studies has shown that both black pepper and fats greatly help the absorption and retention of curcumin. So, it’s best not to take curcumin on an empty stomach, but rather with a meal including some fats and black pepper.

How to get the most of Curcumin. Should you take pills or whole turmeric? How do you increase the bioavailabilty of curcumin? What other foods should you eat with turmeric? These questions and much more are answered in this video!
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Vitamins Promoting Healthy Aging

Vitamins Promoting Healthy Aging

vitamins photoPeople do not realize what vitamins can do for them. Vitamins are great for those who need them. On the other hand, if you have sufficient vitamins, then you will not need regimens of vitamins. Building vitamins in your system, which has too much already, or sufficient nutrients can cause harm. Vitamins will make you look younger and feel younger as well as make you feel good about yourself, providing you need regimens suited for your system.

How do I learn what vitamins are good for me?
healthy foods photoWe get natural vitamins in the foods we eat. Some times, you do not get the right amount so you have to take vitamins, which come in many ways. You can get them in a pill form, liquid, powder, etc. If the vitamins you choose do not work for you, your doctor can give you a shot. You can get almost all the vitamins you may need at local drug stores. You will find vitamins at supermarkets, department stores and so on. If you cannot determine which vitamins are right for you, check with your doctor. He may have some recommendations. In fact, you should visit your family doctor first and ask him/her, which vitamins may be suitable for your body type.

How vitamins help you:
Taking vitamins will help you to relieve stress. Vitamins will help control your weight, and help keep you from getting sick with the common cold and the flu. There are many vitamins to help you out. You can check out at your local pharmacy many different kinds. You pharmacist is your best friend as well as your doctor. He/she may be able to help you find out which vitamins are best suited for your body type.

What kinds of vitamins should I consider and for what purpose?
You have a wide array of vitamins to choose from, including B1, B12, B6, E, D, K, A, and so on. B1 is designed to help your heart function in order. The vitamin will assist your central nervous system as well, helping you to have a better attitude in life. B1 will give you energy, since it is known to swap blood sugar, transferring it to energy. B1 promotes a healthy mucous membrane, and will promote the muscular and cardio functions.

How to decide if you need vitamins:
fatigue photoSome things that you may feel if you are low on vitamins are fatigue. You may feel muscle tenderness, or experience insomnia. Insomnia can benefit from Melatonin supplements. You can get natural vitamins from corn breads, nuts, oatmeal, cereal, wheat and so on. Eat plenty of veggies and fruits also to get the vitamins you need.

If you have colds, you can benefit from Vitamin C. If you are searching for anti-aging vitamins consider E, since According to experts, Vitamin E is responsible for preserving oxygen in the blood, reduce more than 40% of the oxygen amount the heart needs as well. Vitamin E also has been linked to influential anti-coagulants. Some experts believe the vitamin will slow blood clotting by dilating the blood vessels. If you searching for the vitamin to help you stay young and healthy, then Vitamin E that contains 200 units is for you.

According to German experts Wolf and Luczak Vitamin E is a stabilizer for youth and strong blood. If this is true, then dying cells will be replaced quickly by new cells. Dying cells is responsible for many diseases, including cancer, AIDS, HIV, leukemia and so on. In fact, T-Cells that deteriorate is responsible for AIDS, certain types of cancers, herpes simplex, and so on.