3. Anti-aging with astragalus
Astragalus is a common herb used in traditional Chinese medicine for its immune-boosting properties. Now the herb can add anti-aging to its impressive resume, as certain astragalus molecules have been found to contribute to telomere growth. According to a study published in the Journal of Immunology, substances within astragalus root (called cycloastragenols and astragalosides) can slow the aging process by activating telomerase enzyme production (responsible for telomere regeneration). The two patented forms of astragalus root extract are known as TAT2 and TA-65.
Bottom line: Since the extract responsible for lengthening telomeres is different from the standardized products available in a health food store, I recommend consulting with a health practitioner or integrative medicine doctor. Suzanne Somers’s new book, Bombshell, discusses this supplement and its many benefits in great detail.
4. A daily dose of sunshine
With all of its benefits, you can easily identify vitamin D as a magic pill. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that higher vitamin D concentrations, which are easily modifiable through nutritional supplementation, are associated with longer telomeres. Researchers report that the influence on telomeres by vitamin D is likely due to an inhibitory effect on inflammation as measured by C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation.
Bottom line: Remember that oxidative stress and inflammation will age you fast, so it pays to take a daily dose of sunshine (at least, in a bottle) to look and feel your best. I recommend 2,000-5,000 iu of D3 every morning with breakfast.