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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fish Oils May Slow Aging

Posted by Prahallad Panda on 7:53 PM Comments

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Telomere is the genetic material found in the tail piece of chromosomes, responsible for keeping the integrity of chromosome intact in the face of multiple cell divisions. It may shorten, thereby hampering the repair process. Researchers think that to be reason of aging, and postulate that fish oil containing omega3 fatty acids, may help in keeping the length of telomere intact. This might help in defying aging process.
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Fish Oils May Slow Genetic Aging

Studies have shown that omega-3s appear to be effective for patients with coronary artery disease. Yet the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. Some researchers think it may have something to do with anti-inflammatory, triglyceride-lowering, antihypertensive, antiplatelet, or antiarrhythimic effects.
Research has shown that the length of telomeres — chromosome caps that have long been compared to the plastic ends of shoelaces — may be a marker of biological age. Biological age is independent of chronological age, and takes into account genetic and environmental stressors that may wreak havoc on cells.
The researchers found that baseline omega-3 fatty acid levels were positively correlated with changes in telomere length over five years (P=0.001).

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