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What Are Telomeres and Why They Are Important in Anti-Aging

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Today the topic is telomeres. I really want to break this down very simply so you can understand what telomeres do and why telomeres are important.

What are telomeres?

A telomere is the DNA structure at the end of chromosomes. It can be compared to the plastic end of a shoestring that protects it from fraying. 

You can look at chromosomes as the entire DNA strand with everything connected to it. So, think of it as the entire shoestring. 

DNA are sections of genes. But, the entire collective chain of DNA is the chromosome. 

Telomeres are basically DNA structures at the end of chromosomes that shorten with each division. 

Telomeres:

• Protect the ends of chromosomes
• Are related to lifespan
• The shorter the telomere the less gene expression and repair 
• Are considered junk DNA (but they do have a purpose)

Telomeres and aging:

When you’re very young, your DNA inside your cells have a huge capacity to keep up with damage. But, when you’re older, you have less telomeres, and you have a more difficult time keeping up with repair.

Cancer cells that can live forever produce an enzyme called telomerase. Telomerase can counter the shortening effect related to telomeres. There is a plant called astragalus that has the ability to boost telomerase. 

Astragalus is still being studied, but it seems astragalus may:

• Have anti-aging properties
• Increase your immune system
• Improve your sleep 
• Increase your memory

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Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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