Vitamin D slows the aging process
We now know that telomeres are protective caps at the ends of your chromosomes, and they act kind of like biological clocks that control the age of your cells.
And sunlight is the key…
When the sun’s UVB rays reach your skin, your body starts to produce vitamin D. This tells your body to make more telomerase, the enzyme you need to maintain and rebuild your telomeres.
When you don’t produce enough telomerase, your telomeres shorten and fray each time your cells replicate… and the more you age.
That’s because when your chromosomes fray, your cells don’t reproduce and your tissues and organs deteriorate and die.
And along the way, you are likely to become a victim of the chronic diseases we associate with aging – heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, to name just a few – along with general weakness throughout your body.
But telomerase keeps your telomeres from shrinking. And current research reveals that where telomeres gain length, your cells revert to younger “behavior” and replicate into younger cells and healthier tissue.
It all hinges on whether you’re getting enough of the sunshine vitamin.
A study by the Georgia Health Sciences University found adults taking 2,000 IUs of vitamin D daily for a month increased telomerase production by 19% compared to a placebo group.
Another study involving 2,000 twins determined genetics do not affect telomere length, it’s your vitamin D levels. Researchers reported those with the highest levels of vitamin D had telomeres five years younger than those with below average levels.