4 Processes that Affect Cellular Aging—and How to Control Them
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Whether you are concerned about signs of aging on your skin or the effects of aging on your heart, brain, or other organs, in order to protect the system that concerns you, you need to protect the individual cells that make up that system. In this blog, we’ll briefly discuss the 4 main processes that affect cellular aging and provide tips to help you control these processes to reduce damage to your cells and slow the aging process.
Methylation is basically the detox process for individual cells. When this process is working correctly, the body can destroy cancer-causing toxins, repair damaged DNA, and produce certain anti-aging hormones. When the process does not work correctly, the result is cellular degeneration, aka aging.
One of the most common causes for disruption in methylation is the lack of B vitamins, which are essential catalysts for the process. Therefore, one way to protect against the damaging effects of disrupted methylation is to ensure you are getting enough B vitamins, either from your diet or from a supplement or injectable nutrient formula.
Free radicals are damaging compounds that “steal” electrons from important molecules in the body, thus disrupting healthy cellular activity. This process is called oxidation. Many different bodily processes, as well as environmental stressors, result in the formation of free radicals. When there are too many free radicals for the body’s natural defenses to handle, widespread cellular damage will occur. The cells will have to be regenerated sooner than normal, which basically equates to accelerated aging.
Free radicals can be neutralized by antioxidant nutrients like beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and the polyphenols found in berries, red wine, broccoli, and greens. The more antioxidants you have in your system from foods or from a supplement, the more protection you will have against oxidation.
When you digest sugar—especially fructose—it will react with amino acids in your body to create advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Tissues affected by AGEs become hard and inflexible. This is especially damaging in the brain, skin, heart, eyes, and kidneys. The body can rid itself of AGEs, but in the process other cells will become damaged.
The best way to control glycation is to limit your sugar intake. This includes both glucose and fructose, which should be limited to no more than 25 grams per day. We suggest setting yourself a goal of 15 grams of sugar per day, knowing that you can easily take in an additional 10 grams without realizing it from the sugars added to processed foods.
In moderation, inflammation is a healthy process that your body uses to heal after injury or infection. However, when inflammation persists and becomes chronic, the immune system can actually begin attacking and destroying healthy cells. Inflammation has been linked to many chronic diseases and conditions related to aging, including heat disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and arthritis.
Both glycation and oxidation are prime culprits for inflammation. Chronic inflammation can also be caused by an imbalance of “good” and “bad” bacteria in your gut. This means that inflammation needs to be addressed through your diet. For example, adopting the Mediterranean diet will help you reduce sugar (which causes glycation) and processed foods (which can cause gut inflammation), while also delivering plenty of antioxidant nutrients (which fight oxidation). You may also want to start taking a probiotic to help control inflammation in the gut.
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At Renew Youth™, we have a wide selection of supplements, injectable nutrients, and probiotic products that can help you fight methylation, oxidation, glycation, and inflammation to slow the aging process on a cellular level. Please contact us at 800-859-7511 or visit our online store to learn more.