A healthy lifestyle can increase the enzyme telomerase

 New research results show that by changing lifestyle in a positive direction can increase the activity of the enzyme telomerase, which is responsible for the maintenance of the body's Telomeres.

Telomeres are DNA-protein complexes, which sits on the end of our chromosomes and helps to keep them stable. A sufficient Telomere-Length is of crucial importance for the maintenance of the cells, among others such as immune defence.

A group of men were asked to change their diet, so they ate less fat and refined carbohydrates and plenty of grains, fruits and vegetables and took supplements of soy, fish oil, vitamin C and E and selenium. In addition, test participants are asked to begin to exercise and try to avoid the stress of everyday life.

At the end of the test was the contents of telomerase increased, and one could also observe a reduction in LDL-cholesterol content, mental stress, BMI, waist circumference and blood pressure. "The importance of this trial is not limited to men," write the authors. "Comprehensive lifestyle changes can increase telomerase and Telomeres, which can benefit the population in General".

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