Moms deserve a day every May that honors them because they have one of the most demanding, unpaid jobs in the world. As such, motherhood can speed up the aging process. Yet not all women age at the same pace, which is why there are so many questions about this aspect of being alive.
Why Do Some Women Age Better Than Others?
Aging is a stressful concern for many women (and, for that matter, many men). Such individuals want to avoid the outward signs of aging even though growing older comes immediately into visual effect at birth. And what happens to the body during a lifetime is a combination of many factors, including genetics, environment, lifestyle, attitude and nutrition.
It is a long-standing belief that genetics rule the health of the body and how it ages. However, regarding the body as a collection of cells and looking after those “building blocks” in terms of stress, defense, environment, exercise and nutrition management—collectively known as The AIM Healthy Cell Concept™—can influence the turning on or off of genes that impact health.
At the end of DNA-containing structures known as chromosomes are tips called telomeres. Their length determines the speed of the aging process: the faster telomeres shorten, the faster the cells—and the body—age. This is one of science’s most recent ways to explain why some women age better than others.
Think of those telomere tips as antennas that pick up messages in terms of thoughts and actions. This explains why lifestyle factors affect telomere length. Physical and mental environment, responses to stress, physical activity and nutritional intake are some of the factors that can influence telomeres. The longer the telomeres, the healthier the cells are in structure, function and replication.
Food for Thought
A woman by the name of Elizabeth Blackburn made scientific discoveries about the role of telomeres in the aging process that earned her a Nobel Prize. Professor Blackburn would go on to co-author the best-selling book, The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer.
As one of many participants in her chromosome research, Elizabeth noted that eating a primarily whole-food diet has quantifiable effects on telomeres. She maintains this lifestyle choice, has long telomeres and also happens to be a mom.
So one of the best lifestyle choices women can make for healthy aging is to eat a lot of plant-based food to help keep their telomeres long. And supplementing with AIM nutrition ups the intake of natural plant nutrients.
A fine example of telomere-boosting plant nutrition is the organic flax seed oil source of
omega-3 in AIMega. In an interview published in The Guardian, Professor Blackburn stated, “Having adequate omega-3 fatty acids really seems to relate to better telomere maintenance and the easiest way to ensure that may be a supplement.”
Along with aging well, the desired lifespan is one with a long “health span” and a short “disease span.” Maintaining long telomeres may be one of the best tips for making this a reality.
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