Telomeres (red) at the ends of chromosomes protect your DNA from damage.
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The protective caps at the ends of chromosomes naturally shorten over time. Researchers found that direct damage can prematurely trigger senescence and contribute to age-related diseases like cancer.
Exercise has many benefits, including boosting defenses against complications that occur during SARS-CoV-2 infections.
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The health benefits of exercise for our mind and body are well documented. But did you know that exercise could lower the risks of the most dangerous COVID-19 complication?
At a molecular level, stresses and strains can make your body clock break into a sprint.
Emerging evidence suggests that prolonged stress exposure can accelerate the ticking rate of an internal cellular clock. By doing so, stress can contribute to faster ageing and body deterioration.
A vitamin E acetate sample during a tour of the Medical Marijuana Laboratory of Organic and Analytical Chemistry at the Wadsworth Center in Albany, New York on Nov. 4, 2019.
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A form of vitamin E could be behind recent vaping illnesses and death, as the vitamin was not meant to go into the lungs. Lax oversight of products and supplements only worsens the situation.
A telomere age test kit from Telomere Diagnostics Inc. and saliva.
collection kit from 23andMe.
Genetic testing companies are offering tests that analyze the ends of your chromosomes – telomeres – to gauge your health and your real age. But is there scientific evidence to support such tests?
Despite the marketing hype, antioxidants can be harmful when consumed in excess.
Antioxidants are meant to be good for us, but not all antioxidants are equal.
Don’t skimp on the SPF.
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Energy from the sun’s rays can cause skin damage and cancers. Sunscreens can absorb or reflect the dangerous UV light. Here’s how it works.
Fruits and vegetables can fight free radicals. Via Shutterstock.
We hear about the benefits of antioxidants, but who knows what they really do? Actually, quite a lot. They repair cellular damage caused by trouble-making free radicals.
No one-off detox regimen will ‘erase’ the effects of the last four weeks’ worth of excess and years’ worth of sluggish lifestyle habits.
The human body is a comprehensive, self-mending, self-detoxing apparatus that will perform its tasks regardless of whether you’re undertaking a rigid detox cure, or a gourmet food and wine marathon.
Free radicals - misunderstood?
New research suggests that far from helping treatment, antioxidants can change cancer cells to make them spread more quickly.
Antioxidants are often portrayed as the good forces that fight evil free radicals.
Antioxidants are a commonly promoted feature of health foods and supplements. They’re portrayed as the good forces that fight free radicals – nasty molecules causing damage thought to hasten ageing and…