Indianapolis Edition

DNA Markers Link Lifespan to Nutrition

Vitamin C, Folate and Potassium Intake Associated with Longevity

Syda Productions/Shutterstock.com

Telomeres, located at the end of human chromosomes, protect DNA from deterioration. Multiple studies over the past decade have associated longer telomeres with increased longevity and a slowing of the aging process.

A study from Kookmin University, in Seoul, Korea, collected nutrition data from 1,958 men and women between the ages of 40 and 69. The information included a baseline food frequency questionnaire assessing the consumption of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 (folate), C and E, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc, during an 18-month period. Researchers measured the length of the subjects’ telomeres after 10 years in a follow-up examination and compared these results with the nutrition information.

The study found an association between longer telomere length and vitamin C, folate and potassium intake in all participants. These nutrients are available in many fruits and vegetables.


This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Reboot this Summer with Local Detox Plans

In addition to physical activity, partaking in a cleanse or detoxification protocol will help aid the body in rebooting the system in a nutritional standpoint.

Give Mother Earth a Fighting Chance

Unless society collectively changes its lifestyle habits that affect the environment, Mother Earth will not have a chance to recover from the abuse inflicted by humans for decades.

Local Authors Release EFT for Meditation Book

MRI studies have found that meditation produces positive changes in many parts of the brain, including those responsible for stress reduction and memory.

Natural Awakenings Publishers Attend Conference in Orlando

Natural Awakenings publishers from around the U.S., plus Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, attended a company conference from May 5 to 7 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, in Orlando.

Major Upgrades to Natural Awakenings Singles Website

Upcoming new features will include live video chats, a “stealth” profile viewing mode option and a classified ad section.

Add your comment:

NA Indianapolis May 2017 Promotion