Haritaki, the Telomere and Anti Aging
Why should you care about your Telomere?
I had never heard of Telomeres until I was at the Science and Non Duality Conference in the San Francisco Bay area. There I met a researcher who knew all about Mitochondria, which is another important link in the story of aging and anti aging. He explained his research into Mitochondria had also connected him with Telomeres. He explained how Telomeres and how they change shape and form depending on a number of factors, including the consciousness of the person.
He explained that Telomeres damage is directly linked to the symptoms of aging, including brain damage from aging.
Today I found that there has been extensive research done on the effects of Haritaki on telomeres. This indicates that Haritaki can extend the longevity of the human cell by 40%. This has obvious relevance to human life!
What is a Telomere?
Telomeres are an essential part of human cells that affect how our cells age.1,2
Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes, like the plastic tips at the endof shoelaces.3
Without the coating, shoelaces become frayed until they can no longer do their job, just as without telomeres, DNA strands become damaged and our cells can’t do their job.3
Short telomeres are connected to premature cellular aging.3,8
Telomere shortening is involved in all aspects of the aging process on a cellular level. Telomere length represents our biological age as opposed to our chronological age.
Many scientific studies have shown a strong connection between short telomeres and cellular aging.8
For example, the immune system, which normally weakens as we age, is highly sensitive to shortening of telomeres.9 In addition, a 2007 study found that short telomeres were associated with decreases in bone mineral density in women.10
Telomeres protect the vital information in our DNA
DNA makes up all of the cells in our body. It is the genetic material that makes us who we are. And every organ in our body (skin, liver, heart, etc.) is made up of cells. So, telomeres are vital to our health.
Our cells replenish by copying themselves. This happens constantly throughout our lives. Telomeres get shorter each time a cell copies itself, but the important DNA stays intact.4
Eventually, telomeres get too short to do their job, causing our cells to age and stop functioning properly.3,4,5 Therefore, telomeres act as the aging clock in every cell.
This next information is from the web site of a product that promoted Telomere growth called: www.lifecoderx.com/telomax
5) Terminalia chebula (aka Haritaki) is named the “King of Medicines” in Tibet and is prized as a virtual panacea in Indian Ayurvetic Medicine for its powers in healing, lowering inflammation, restoring health, and stimulating tissue growth. It contains rejuvenating tannin flavonoids that have increased human cell longevity in culture by 40% while maintaining telomere length . Life Code uses a proprietary T. chebula extract standardized for high tannin levels that test well in our stem cell screening experiments.
The original research that they quote in their own development is here: Na M, Bae K, Kang SS, Min BS, Yoo JK, et al. Cytoprotective effect on oxidative stress and inhibitory effect on cellular aging of Terminalia chebula fruit. Phytother Res 2004; 18: 737-741.
My recommendation about the use and benefits of Haritaki on Telomeres and Anti Aging
All the signs indicate that there is an even stronger link between Haritaki and reduction of Telomere damage than has been shown so far. This is another very important reason to take Haritaki regularly. The researcher who originally introduced me to the Telomere researcher is a brain researcher who evaluated meditators and healers. He saw the power of Initiation by a master such as Paramahamsa Nithyananda directly improving brain function. I believe that we will find similar evidence to link Haritaki and Telomore function in the near future.