Why was this study done?

Telomeres are extensions of DNA strands that protect the integrity of our genetic information. The length of telomeres is thought to be a reflection of physiological age (and not chronological age) and biomarker of overall health status. This study was designed to explore the effects of long-term supplementation on telomere length.

What did the study find?

Long-term supplement users (over five years), had increased telomere length (11.2 %) when compared to controls who were not supplementing.

Cross-Sectional Analysis of Telomere Length in People 33-80 Years of Age: Effects of Dietary Supplementation.
Authors: Harley CB, Chan J, Blauwkamp M, Lau FC, McManus JF, Watson D, Hytopoulos E, Daggy BP. 2014.
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