Slowing Down the Aging Clock

Slowing Down the Aging Clock

Slowing Down the Aging Clock
By Chris Marshall

The 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was given to a group of scientists who discovered and understood how part of our DNA can speed up – or slow down – the aging process. Sounds too good to be true?

Telomeres are the strands at the end of our DNA, illustrated in green in the image. They protect the DNA from damage as it replicates. But replication can also cause the telomeres to shorten. An infant is born with longer telomeres. An elderly person has shorter ones. When they shorten completely, as they do with age, our lives are over. Can anything be done?

It turns out lifestyle choices can have an impact on telomere shortening. Obesity, psychological stress, UV radiation, smoking, pollution/toxins, disease and oxidative stress can all speed up telomere shortening.

On the other hand, meditation, a healthy diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin D, exercise and use of sunscreen have all been shown to slow the shortening process.

Want more protection? Isagenix has a product in some of its supplements that has been proven to increase anti-aging enzymes in double-blind studies at the University of Arizona. The revolutionary supplement, known as Isagenesis, is formulated entirely from plant-based ingredients with antioxidant and neuroprotective qualities.

With all the money being spent on medical and surgical approaches to fight aging and improve our health and appearance, wouldn’t it make sense to try a proven nutritional approach? Perhaps this is what Hippocrates foresaw when he wisely stated “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”

Chris Marshall is an independent associate and coach with Isagenix, the leader in whole-food based meal replacements and supplements. Our anti-aging supplements are based on Nobel prize-winning research and are independently proven support healthy aging.

Chris Marshall