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Multivitamin increase lifespan?? Article and study

From a PCOS newsletter I get. (because it's about hormones and diet, i don't have PCOS)

1) Could a Multi-Vitamin Increase Your Lifespan?

It's no secret that your nutrition profoundly affects your health, quality of life and how long you live. A new study from the National Institutes of Health supports this concept.

The University of North Carolina recently released a study of 4,752 pregnant women. Results indicate that vitamin supplementation during early pregnancy was associated with a reduced risk of miscarriage.

In this study, it was discovered that women who consume multi-vitamins had telomeres that were 5.1% longer than women who did not take any vitamins.

A telomere is a part of your genetic structure. It's a region of DNA at the end of chromosomes, which protects the end of the chromosome from destruction. Over time, the telomeres get shorter, which limits your cells to a fixed number of divisions. When the fixed number is reached, the cells cannot replace themselves. Animal studies suggest this is responsible for aging on the cellular level and sets a limit on lifespan.

So will taking a multi-vitamin/mineral enable you to live longer? It's not known. But this study suggests that women who do take a multi-vitamin have longer telomeres, which is thought to be an indicator of a longer lifespan.

Interestingly, higher intakes of vitamins C and E from foods were each associated with longer telomeres, regardless of multivitamin use. This is another reason for eating a diet of fresh, whole foods as described in The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS and Infertility.

Study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1927908...Pubmed_RVDocSum



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