C…ing Why We Age
I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning the best part of the rest of my life at age 62! We do not have to accept aging natural phenomenon as the “natural order of things”. That said, we must keep some important facts in mind in order to truly understand why we age and why we age prematurely. We die because we get sick, and we get sick because our cells become old and/or die-off. Click to continue reading…
In my first report I mentioned the importance of monitoring homocysteine levels because high levels accelerate aging as well as add to cardiovascular risks. In addition, homocysteine is actually a better barometer as a predictor of heart disease than cholesterol. A nutrient that is extremely important in maintaining cell integrity and health is Vitamin C, however, not just any Vitamin C.
In addition, enzyme telomerase “caps” (the ends of chromosomes with a sequence of DNA that is repeated hundreds of times) begin to shorten, causing premature death of cells. These “telomeres” are believed to shorten each time the cell divides. Old cells have short telomeres. Therefore, because telomerase can rebuild telomeres, it plays a role as an “immortalizing enzyme”. The image above is from the Geron Corporation showing telomeres in action.
Carol Greider, and her colleagues at Johns Hopkins University, reported last year that telomeres actually form a loop; not an ordinary loop. Telomeric loops may hold our biological destiny if the circle is unbroken.
The well-known scientist Linus Pauling discovered that Vitamin C extends life. His theory was totally dismissed by conventional medicine and science until the 1980’s when suddenly they discovered that antioxidants actually protected cells from oxidative damage, thus preventing premature cell death.
What we must keep in mind is that oxidative stress and damage to cells CAN be repaired; it’s the oxidative damage to our telomeres that is NOT REPAIRABLE once the telomeres are shortened, hence accelerating the aging processes.
A Japanese study conducted in 1998 found that a highly absorable Vitamin C does have a positive effect on telomeres and the rate they are lost/shortened by up to 62%. An effective rate recommended to reduce the rate of telomere loss and preserve telomeric length is approximately 2500-4000 mg daily in divided doses, depending on weight and bowel tolerance (when the body cannot utilize Vitamin C it lets us know by inducing loose stools or diarrhea).
The Way I See It…
The Ultra Potent C Powder and tablets that I’ve used and recommended for over twenty years, I find is the best tolerated and absorable. I especially use this product for my VERY sensitive patients who not only need it for daily supplementation, but also to take during their multiple allergic responses. One teaspoon contains 4,350 mg. (each tablet is 1,000 mg). For anti-aging, I recommend 3,000 to 4,350, and let your bowel guide you.
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Dr. Gloria Gilbère (aka Dr. G), N.D., D.A.Hom., Ph.D.,
EcoErgonomist, Wholistic Rejuvenist
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Morales CP, et al. “Absence of cancer-associated changes in human fibroblasts immortalized with telomerase.” Nature Genetics 1999; vol. 21, pp. 111-118.Furumoto K. et al. “Age-dependent telomere shortening is slowed down by enrichment of intracellular vitamin C via suppression of oxidative stress.” Life Science 1998, vol. 63, no. 11 pp. 935-48.
Geron Corporation; www.geron.con