MaxEFA’s Slow Aging by Keeping DNA “Caps” Intact
The results of a new study suggest that (MaxEFA’s) may also act to protect our DNA from decay … a fundamental level in the fight against premature aging.
Scientists looked at the length of DNA sequences at the end of chromosomes ─ called “telomeres”─ that shorten as cells replicate and age.
Findings now add fish-borne omega-3s (MaxEFA’s) to list of telomere protectors.
Researchers based at the University of California conducted a study designed to determine whether omega-3 blood levels were associated with changes in telomere length among heart patients with coronary artery disease.
Specifically, they compared the lengths of telomeres in the participants’ leukocytes – a type of blood cell – at the beginning and end of a five-year period.
After comparing the starting lengths of the cardiac outpatients’ telomeres with their length after five years, the researchers found that people with the lowest omega-3 levels experienced the speediest rate of telomere shortening.
In contrast, those with the highest omega-3 levels showed the slowest rate of telomere shortening.