Graceful progression of age comes down to keeping the telomeres long
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2013 -- In 1953, Leanard Hackflick, PhD found that the human cell divides nearly 50 times and then dies. The phenomenon is known as the Hayflick Limit, and is the end of life for the common cell. In 1970, scientists discovered that the reason for the phenomenon was the telomere.
Telemeres are short caps on the DNA that are found at the ends of the chromosomes. Each time the cell divides, there is a shortening of the telomere. When a majority of telomere disappears, the cell dies out. The length of the telomere is the proposed “marker of biological aging”, and that has made the telomere a focus on microbiologists and researchers for some time.
According to scientists, the original telomere is 15,000 at conception, but drops to 10,000 base pairs at the time of birth. At 20 years of age, the average telomere length is 8,000, and by 50, there are 7,000 remaining. At age of 100, an individual would have around 4,000 base pairs left.
Essentially, one is only as healthy and old as one's telomeres. The art of aging with grace comes down to keeping one's telomeres long and healthy. Your cells are programmed to replicate cells, according to certain experts, well into an individuals hundreds. Thus, your DNA codes are to made to keep telomeres, but there are obvious destroyers of telomere lengths.
Oxidation is one of the major factors that produces free radicals, which promote the aging and decaying process of the body. Polyunsaturated fatty acids double bond as well, which make them subject to oxidation. When oxygen attaches to oil, it creates oxidative free radical damage. All corn oil, safflower oil, and so on, are all promoters of the effect.
Even omega 3s, which are often noted as “good oils” are oxidizers and can be a problem. There are new health experts that promote omega 3s without telling individuals that the severe oxidation that follows could be aiding aging.
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