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Higher Dietary Vitamin C Intake Linked To Telomere Length For Healthy Aging


“Greater dietary intake of vitamin C is associated with longer telomere length, with implications for age-related diseases and biological aging, according to a recent study.” [Source: nutraingredients-usa.com]


This study adds to the growing body of scientific evidence linking higher intakes of specific micronutrients with longer telomeres. In addition to vitamin C, other micronutrients associated with longer telomere length include selenium, CoQ10, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Often likened to the tips at the ends of shoelaces without which the laces would unravel, telomeres are found at the ends of chromosomes. Their roles include helping to protect chromosomes from damage and ensuring they are able to replicate properly. Telomeres are known to shorten with age. Research suggests that short telomeres may be associated with the development of disease.

To read Dr. Rath’s recommendations for daily intake of vitamin C, selenium, CoQ10, and other essential micronutrients, see the special Cellular Health feature page on our website.