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Telomere Shortening – A Sign Of Cellular Aging – Linked To Signs Of Alzheimer’s In Brain Scans


“Changes in the brain caused by Alzheimer’s disease are associated with the shortening of telomeres – the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that shorten as cells age – according to a new study.”

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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.

There is a growing body of scientific evidence linking higher intakes of specific micronutrients with longer telomeres. Micronutrients known to be associated with longer telomere length include vitamin C, selenium, CoQ10, and omega-3 fatty acids.

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.