We all want to live a long, healthy life. In order to do so, we want to minimize cellular damage and prevent diseases that would impair our quality of life or even shorten it.
Cellular Aging and Free Radicals
As you age during adulthood, all your cells, tissues, and organs undergo aging changes, and all vital organs lose some of their function. Many changes take place during adulthood that are likely involved in the process of cellular aging. Scientists are still searching for an underlying process that may be responsible for these different changes. Although they’ve yet to reach full agreement, it seems that the process of oxidative stress, or “free radical” damage to DNA, may be the culprit.
What’s important to understand is that sometimes, these changes to ageing cells can be so pronounced as to potentially cause the onset of age-related diseases, from osteoporosis to Alzheimer’s. Sustained oxidative stress during adulthood may even trigger the early onset of age-related physical and cognitive decline. 1, 2, 3
The Heart and Arteries
The health of your heart and arteries is also crucial for a long and good life. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), a condition that develops as a result of fatty plaque buildup on arterial walls, can lead to life-threatening events like heart attack and stroke. While some people may be genetically predisposed to CVD, most people suffer from the disease due to reversible lifestyle factors like smoking, being overweight and sedentary, as well as consuming too much alcohol. What’s more, we can do a lot to prevent CDV by having ingesting enough Omega-3 fatty acids, B-Vitamins and other micronutrients to have a healthy heart and a good life! 4, 5
1 Zeliger, H.I., 2016. Predicting disease onset in clinically healthy people. Interdisciplinary Toxicology, 9(2), pp.39-54.
2 Revel, F., Gilbert, T., Roche, S., Drai, J., Blond, E., Ecochard, R. and Bonnefoy, M., 2015. Influence of oxidative stress biomarkers on cognitive decline. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 45(2), pp.553-560.
3 Zhou, Q., Zhu, L., Zhang, D., Li, N., Li, Q., Dai, P., Mao, Y., Li, X., Ma, J. and Huang, S., 2016. Oxidative stress-related biomarkers in postmenopausal osteoporosis: a systematic review and meta-analyses. Disease markers, 2016.
4 Superko, H.R., Superko, A.R., Lundberg, G.P., Margolis, B., Garrett, B.C., Nasir, K. and Agatston, A.S., 2014. Omega-3 fatty acid blood levels clinical significance update. Current cardiovascular risk reports, 8(11), pp.1-8.
5 Debreceni, B. and Debreceni, L., 2014. The Role of Homocysteine‐Lowering B‐Vitamins in the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. Cardiovascular therapeutics, 32(3), pp.130-138.