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What is a telomere?

Keeping very busy here in West Palm Beach.  We’ve been enjoying a beautiful spring.  The practice has been very busy with interesting cases.  We’ve had several cases recently that we treated with the Cox Decompression Technique.  These cases include synovial cyst, transitional segment, herniated disc and one of the most complicated cases…spinal stenosis.  I hope to share some published case studies soon.  As you can see from previous blogs…I am a huge advocate for dietary supplementation of omega 3 fatty acid fish oil.  As a chiropractor I recommend omega 3 fish oil for many reasons with the “anti-inflammatory” benefit usually as the primary benefit.  Well I just finished reading an article that essentially says if you take 3 grams of omega-3 fish oil…you will live longer.  No kidding.  The article is titled, Association of Marine Omega-3 Fatty Acid Levels With Telometric Aging in Patients With Coronary Heart Disease.    Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, January 20, 2010; Vol. 303 No. 3.  Authors: Ramin Farzaneh-Far, MD, Jue Lin, PhD, Elissa S. Epel, PhD, William S. Harris, PhD, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD and Mary A. Whooley, MD.

First of all I want to confess that before reading this article I did not know what a “telomere” was.  Now after reading this, not only are telomeres very important, but we want long telomeres…not short telomeres.  Okay…here’s the skinny.  Telomeres are protective caps of DNA on the ends of chromosomes.  Each time a cell divides, the telomere shortens a little.  When most of the telomere disappears, the cell dies.  Consequently, telomere length has been proposed as a marker of biological aging.  So the objective of this article was to investigate the association of omega-3 fatty acid blood levels with changes in telomere length.  This study involved 608 outpatients between 2000 and 2002 with follow ups through 2009.  The results…individuals with the lowest quartile of omega-3 supplementation (DHA+EPA) experienced the fastest rate of telomere shortening, whereas those with the highest quartile experienced the slowest rate of telomere shortening.

So there you have it….Take your fish oil supplements….Live longer!!  Here’s all the reasons to take omega-3 fish oil:

  1. Anti-inflammatory
  2. Anti-platelet
  3. Anti-hypertensive
  4. Anti=arrhythmic
  5. Triglyceride lowering
  6. Telomere lengthening

Longer telomeres are also linked to taking these nutritional supplements: multivitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E and folic acid.

Until next time…I hope you enjoyed this article.

Gregg F. Moses DC

1800 Forest Hill Blvd. Ste A8-10

West Palm Beach, FL


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  1. June 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Nice information! Thank you for sharing this. 🙂

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