According to a recent study (which built on other studies from the past), it seems that it might be that the best thing to reverse aging is to increase the levels of an enzyme called telomarase. Back in 2008, the Washington Post had an articleabout a study where researchers at the University of California were able to find a 29% increase in telomarase levels by making lifestyle changes, the article states:
The changes included eating a diet with only 10 percent of calories from fat, low in refined sugars, and rich in whole foods, fruit and vegetables. They supplemented their diet with vitamins and fish oil and did moderate aerobic exercise, stress management, relaxation techniques, and breathing exercises.
Of course, there will probably be a big market selling telomeraseenzymes and there seems to be some that say there are Telomerase inhibitors such as Resveratrol, Green Tea, Garlic and Melatonin. It seems that true anti-aging will require a balance between Telemerase and other components in a way that is not clear. According to a study published in Trends in Biotechnology (pdf), “Telomerase activity has been found in ~85–90% of all human tumors but not in adjacent normal cells”. Another study from the same group published in the Journal of Gerontology in 2007 (pdf), states:
The knocking out of telomerase in the mouse causes dramatic shortening of telomere length across generations, premature aging, and diminished life span in late generations (13–15). However, the information gained from these models may be only partially applicable to humans due to the following reasons. During extrauterine life, mice demonstrate considerable telomerase activity in most somatic tissues, while humans and macaques have only modest telomerase activity, which is restricted to speciﬁc somatic tissues, for example, the alimentary tract, thymus, and endometrium (26–29). In addition, rodents have a short life span and most have relatively long telomeres
In other words, you might be better off with positive lifestyle changes, than running out and spending money on one new anti-aging supplement or another.
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