Yoga keeps you young
An anti-aging solution that doesn’t come as a $100 pot of cream?! It’s true – yoga can help boost youthfulness. “We are now discovering one of the possible mechanisms behind the anti-aging benefit of yoga,” says Nelson “It has to do with telomeres, and their role in cellular aging.” She describes telomeres as strands of DNA that sit on the end of each of our chromosomes, like a little cap. “Each time our cells divide, and our DNA replicates, these end caps shorten a tiny bit. If they get too short, the cells can no longer function and shut down. Short telomeres are a sign of cellular aging, and are associated with many chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and dementia.
To prevent this process of cellular aging, there is an enzyme our bodies produce called telomerase that helps our telomeres stay long and healthy. Yogic practices, like meditation, have been shown to increase telomerase activity, thereby reducing cellular aging.” She sites research by Dean Ornish MD as demonstrating an increase in telomere length.
Yoga Tip: Just like a “miracle face cream,” you have to use yoga regularly to see results.