Fish Oil And Anti-Aging
Of course, we all would.
Now, here’s the exciting part . . .
Fish oil (actually, the Omega 3 that it contains) has multiple anti-aging benefits.
Fish oil is effective fighting many of the diseases that diminish and shorten our lives such as heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, breast cancer and prostate cancer, among others.
Fish oil also resists signs of aging by such things as tightening the skin through its anti-inflammatory action.
And now, there is exciting evidence that fish oil with Omega 3 fatty acids may lengthen our lives by increasing the lifetimes of our cells.
Study Shows That Fish Oil May Be A Fountain Of Youth
A study done at the University of California, San Francisco, and published in the January 20, 2010 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed a direct connection between the amount of Omega 3 in the body and biological aging.
According to Ramin Farzaneh-Far, M.D., the head of the study, “We found a very clear association that increasing levels of the amount of omega-3 fish oil in the blood was associated with a decrease in the rate of biological aging.”
To understand this startling finding, we need to first review basic cellular biology.
Located in the nucleus of our cells, chromosomes are the structures that contain our genes. And our genes provide the information, DNA, that tells our bodies how to develop, grow and function properly.
During our lives, our cells constantly divide to produce new cells to replace old, worn-out cells. It is essential that the DNA remain intact during the cell division. Chromosomes are a key part of the process because they ensure that the DNA is accurately copied during cell divisions.
Telomeres are located at the ends of chromosomes. They protect the ends of chromosomes in a manner similar to the way the tips of shoelaces keep them from unraveling.
In many types of cells, telomeres lose a bit of their DNA every time a cell divides. Eventually, when all of the telomere DNA is gone, the cell cannot replicate and dies.
In other words, telomere length must be preserved to lengthen cell life.
Back to the University of California study . . .
Dr. Farzaneh-Far also stated that “from the telomere point of view, this is the first study to show an effect of a dietary factor, that this may be able to slow down telomere shortening.”
He continued that “we found a dose-dependent decrease in the rate of telomere shortening according to the level of baseline omega-3 fatty acids,” and that, he says, “suggest[s] that the association is causal.”
Wow. The more Omega 3, the more the telomeres are preserved.
Because this study is basically observational, further testing will be required to prove a cause and effect relationship between higher levels of Omega 3 and decreased telomere shortening.
Fish Oil Is An Anti-Aging Agent Because It Fights Diseases That Shorten Our Lives
As is discussed elsewhere at this website, fish oil is effective in anti-aging because it has been shown to be effective in fighting the diseases that diminish and shorten our lives such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, asthma and breast and prostate cancer.
Fish Oil Is The Most Promising Anti-Aging Dietary Supplement
Of course, neither fish oil nor any other pill or food we eat is an anti-aging “magic bullet.”
However, the University of California study is encouraging evidence that fish oil, along with prudent lifestyle decisions such as a balanced diet and adequate exercise, can be the key to living a longer and more healthy life.
That’s a big reason why I take a fish oil supplement daily and intend to keep doing so for the rest of my (hopefully longer) life. Which one? The world’s best fish oil, of course – Omega 3 DHA Fish Oil from Xtend-Life Natural Products of New Zealand.