Exercise and aging
Some background info: telomeres are nucleoprotein caps on the ends of our chromosomes. While the specific cause/effect relationships are still being understood, telomere shortening is associated with aging. Ok..
In recent studies intense exercise has been shown to reduce telomere shortening even in advanced ages. The results were “…significant, 8.8 years…physical activity was significantly and meaningfully associated with telomere length in U.S. men and women…adults who participate in high levels…tend to have longer telomeres, accounting for years of reduced cellular aging.
Exercise and cancer
This one should be obvious by now, but..studies repeatedly show that regular exercise helps to reduce cancer incidence and tumor growth. Exercise has also been shown to help while undergoing chemotherapy and other standard of care cancer treatments.
Live longer..with Astaxanthin?
A compound known as Astaxanthin, which is a keto-carotenoid, has been shown to increase longevity in mice. Astaxanthin works by activating the FOXO3 gene, which all humans have. FOXO3 is associated with longevity, the problem being there are variants of the gene and not everyone has the longevity-specific version. Astaxanthin “…can make it act like the ‘longevity’ version…we have shown that Astaxanthin ‘activates’ the FOXO3 gene.”