A new study from South Korea, which followed the aging process of nearly 2,000 people for 10 years, found that consumption of vitamin and mineral-rich foods throughout early adulthood was associated with delayed biological aging.
For this study, the Korean researchers measured telomere length in middle-aged and older adults to determine a participants’ biological age. The team studied 1,958 middle-aged and older Korean men and women (aged between 40 and 69) for 10 years.
Until now there have been few studies investigating the potential association between nutrient intake and biological aging as measured with telomere length. However, the Korean Researchers are first to investigate over time association between the consumption of antioxidant nutrients and B vitamins – and leukocyte telomere length. According to the researchers – telomeres may reflect antioxidant status and oxidative stress on the system which can have an impact on biological aging.
Dietary information has been collected using a food frequency questionnaire and from this assessed the consumption of a wide range of micronutrients.
The positive association between vitamin C, folate and potassium and telomere length was observed in all participants, researchers noted. On the other hand, they found no association between telomeres and consumption of vitamins A, E, B1, B2, B3, and B6, calcium, iron, phosphorus and zinc.
When the team then looked at whether the age made a difference to the findings, they found that the association between consumption of vitamin C, folate and potassium with telomere length was significant only among participants under 50 years of age.
Although such a results could be partly explained by a generational difference in consumption of vitamin and mineral rich foods, that the earlier one begins consuming these nutrients the more impact they may have in terms of fighting off premature aging.
The study findings strongly suggest that the earlier consumption of vitamin C, folate and potassium, which are abundant in fruits and vegetables, can delay biological aging in both, middle-aged and older adults.
Thanks to such a long period, such as 10 years of eating habits, the researchers believe that their results clearly and unequivocally show how certain types of foods can benefit biological aging.
Is This the Tip of The Iceberg?
The interest of Telomeres, in relation to health and aging, is growing and there are a number of research and medical studies going on at any one time. There's good reason for this – time and again Science and Medicine is showing the importance of telomere length and health.
One of the reasons why we have such an increased amount of information and studies on telomeres, is in major part due to Vladimir Khavinson, a Russian doctor who has been researching the subject for over 30 years.
One of the result of his research is a tetrapeptide, called Eptitalon, which has been scientifically proven to stimulate the pineal gland to release telomerase – encouraging one's telomeres to maintain a healthy length.
But, Epitalon not only reactivates telomerase (and longer telomeres) and thus extends a cell's life, but it also reduces rates of DNA mutation, prevents degradation of immune function, promotes a healthier liver, a truly healthy sleep cycle, and even protects nerves from damage.