Data published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity indicated supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids and that four months of supplementation with omega-3s were associated with longer telomeres in immune system cells.
A recent study conducted at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre has found that a gene therapy is able to increase the length of telomeres in mice, thereby increasing their lifespan by up to 24 percent.
It has been known for years that omega-3 fatty acids (found in certain types of oily fish) help to stave off heart disease, though the reasons why have been largely unknown until now.
A study conducted by the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Kyushu University’s Medical Institute of Bioregulation in Beppu, Japan has connected oxidative stress and the development of heart failure to telomeres and telomerase activity.
The Division of Hematology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found that when mutant stem cells which are damaged and aging are treated with the antioxidant N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), it prevents and delays the onset of a type of bone marrow failure called X-linked dyskeratosis congenita (DC).