Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Telomeres: Omega-3s and Slowing the Aging Process

Major Research: 65% Decrease in Biological Aging

Telomeres are the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes. Each time a cell divides, its telomeres shrink. So shorter telomeres are a sign that your cells are getting old. They're also linked to a higher risk of heart disease.
Between 2000 and 2002, researchers measured the length of telomeres in the white blood cells of roughly 600 San Francisco Bay-area residents with heart disease. Five years later, those who started out with the highest blood levels of DHA and EPA had the least telomere shortening, while those who started out with the lowest levels had the most shortening. The results were not influenced by income, education, blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, smoking, statins, vitamins, exercise, or other factors.

If you or your family has a history heart disease, follow the American Heart Association's advice to take a daily fish oil supplement that provides 1,000 mg of DHA plus EPA, combined.

J. Am. Med. Assoc. 303: 250, 2010

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