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MULTIVITAMIN MAY HELP WOMEN GET HEALTY LIVE LONGER- STUDY SAY VITAMIN PREVENT CANSER FORM

By • May 19th, 2009 • Category: ! Product News

MULTIVITAMIN  MAY HELP WOMEN GET HEALTY LIVE LONGER- STUDY SAY VITAMIN PREVENT CANSER  FORM

High dietary intake of vitamin C and vitamin E had a greater effect on telomere length than other vitamins . With the recent research on telomere length and vitamins, there is increasing evidence that a good multivitamin may have a significant affect on health and longevity.

 

MULTIVITAMIN  MAY HELP WOMEN GET HEALTY LIVE LONGER- STUDY SAY VITAMIN PREVENT CANSER  FORM.

LOS ANGELES, May 19 – Multivitamins might prolong life for women by preventing parts of their DNA from shortening, a new study has found.

 

Researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) analyzed data on 586 women participating in the Sisters Study, which included women who had breast cancer and their cancer-free siblings, China’s Xinhua news agency cited the HealthDay News as saying.

 

As part of that study, the women were asked about their use of vitamin supplements over a 12-year span. The researchers also took blood samples and tested DNA.

 

“We found that multivitamin use was associated with longer leukocyte telomeres,” said lead researcher Dr. Honglei Chen, head of the Aging & Neuroepidemiology Group at NIEHS.

 

“Compared with nonusers, daily multivitamin users had, on average, 5.1 percent longer leukocyte telomeres.”

 

This corresponds to about 9.8 years less age-related telomere shortening, the researchers noted.

 

Vitamins C and E from diet also were associated with longer telomeres, Chen said.

 

But, whether the vitamins preserved telomere length or actually lengthened life is not clear, Chen said.

 

“We could not exclude the possibility that the association could be explained by a healthy lifestyle.

 

“Although shorter telomere length has been linked to higher mortality and higher risk of chronic diseases, it is premature to conclude that multivitamin use is associated with slower aging process,” he explained.

 

Telomeres, or the end portion of chromosomes, protect chromosomes from damage. Because telomeres shorten slightly when cells divide, researchers speculated that preventing this shortening could protect new cells and thus reduce the effects of aging.

 

“This study provides the first epidemiological evidence that multivitamin use is associated with longer leukocyte telomeres among women,” Chen said, adding that it is not yet clear if this association is causal.”

 

But Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine, said there are mixed messages about the value of taking vitamins, and until there is some definitive science on the issue, taking them is a personal decision.

 

“Most recent studies of vitamin supplements have yielded discouraging results.

 

“This study clearly goes the other way, suggesting that a multivitamin may help protect our chromosomes, and thus ourselves, from aging,” Xinhua cited Katz as saying.

 

The study will be published in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

 

— BERNAMA

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