Nothing fishy about it…?The secret to a longer life

Nothing fishy about it...?
The secret to a longer life

You don’t need a crystal ball to see how much time you have left——just a microscope powerful enough to get an up-close look at the cellular material in your own body.

You see, your DNA is capped with a little end piece that gets shorter every time your cells replicate. The shorter that cap, the shorter your remaining time.

It’s as close as you’ll find to an expiration date stamped on your rear.

That little ever-shrinking piece is called a telomere. I’m not big on trying to fill your head with five-dollar words, but I want you to remember this one——because you’re going to hear a lot more about it in the very near future.

And most of what you hear will be 100 percent bunk.

You can bet some mainstream know-it-alls will claim there’s nothing you can do about your telomeres except sit back and wait for the sand to fall through the hourglass.

Others will tell you there is something you can do——but it’ll be something that’ll cost you an arm and a leg. And if you don’t have a bulging bank account, you’ll be doomed to shrinking telomeres and a shorter life.

Nothing like fear to help drive sales, right?

That’s where I come in. Because there IS something you can do right now to slow, stop, and even reverse the telomere shrink. It’s easy, safe, widely available, and downright cheap.

And the best news of all is if you’ve been listening to me, it’s something you’re already taking.

New research shows that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can put more time on your telomere clock. In one recent study, two different doses of omega-3 fatty acids were tested against a placebo in 106 overweight patients middle-aged or older.

Over four months, the telomeres of the patients given either dose of omega-3s didn’t just shrink less. They didn’t even simply stop shrinking.

They actually grew longer!

It’s like getting more pages added to the calendar of life.

The secret here isn’t just the omega-3 fatty acids, although that’s clearly part of it. It’s the balance between omega-3s and omega-6s.

In an ideal world your 6-to-3 ratio should be 2:1 or even 3:1. In the world we live in, it’s closer to 20:1 for most people.

Yeah, it’s that bad.

That lack of balance leads to inflammation, which we know can speed telomeres right to the brink of the vanishing point.

In the new study, however, the omega-3 supplements restored balance and brought down inflammation levels by as much as 12 percent. In patients who got the placebo, on the other hand, inflammation actually shot up by 36 percent.

No wonder their telomeres were practically fading away.

The study is new, but the results aren’t. Back in 2010, research on more than 600 heart patients found that low levels of omega-3 fatty acids cut telomeres so short that it was as if they were five years older.

That’s five extra years of internal aging... caused by a lack of essential fatty acids.

Don’t get old before your time. If you’re not taking a quality omega-3 supplement yet, it’s not too late——get started now and reverse some of the damage while you still can.

And whatever you do, don’t stop there. I’ve got a few other safe, inexpensive, and easy-to-find nutrients that can also extend the length of your telomeres——and, by extension, add years to your life.

And it’s as easy as A-B-C-D

?A is for Anti-Aging: A little bit of vitamin A goes a long way when it comes to telomere protection. A 2010 study, for example, found that vitamin A and beta-carotene from diet alone helped keep telomeres from shrinking. The key? Both nutrients can boost the immune system and slash inflammation levels. Just don’t go overboard on A——it’s possible to get too much of a good thing here.

Get Busy With B: One of the most reliable indicators of inflammation is homocysteine. When homocysteine levels rise, disease and overall poor health aren’t far behind. The B vitamin folate——can slash those inflammation levels and slow the loss of telomeres at the same time.

From Sea to Shining C: We’ve known for ages now that vitamin C has the power to help you live a healthy life, so hopefully you’re already loading up on this stuff (and by that, I mean between 10 and 20 times the U.S. RDA or higher). Now, research shows how at least some of life-giving benefits of C may come from telomere protection. In one set of experiments, vitamin C slowed the shrink rate of telomeres by between 52 percent and 62 percent.

Get Some Sun: The science on this is clear as day. The more D you get, the lower your risk of a premature demise. You know where this is going, right? It’s those telomeres again. Low D levels can have the same telomere-shrinking effects as 4.2 years of aging, according to one study. You can get your own D supply for free by spending sunscreen-free time outside soaking up some rays every day. But to really play it safe, make sure you take a D3 supplement, too.

By the way, remember those cancer-beating multivitamins I mentioned earlier? That’s not all they can do: One study a few years back found that women who don’t take a multivitamin have telomeres so short it was if they were 10 years older.

You can’t stop the clock completely. Mother Time catches up to all of us sooner or later. But if you can slow the loss of your telomeres, you just might keep her from knocking on your door until you’re good and ready to answer.