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Ellie Merkel

Stress and Aging

Have you ever gone through a stressful life event and, after coming out “on the other side,” felt like you’d aged ten years? Research indicates that stress and its impacts on a system called the HPA axis profoundly impacts how we age, starting at the cellular level. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is a network of …

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Cellular Senescence: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

From the moment you are born, your body must constantly choose between promoting cell division and halting cell division. The delicate balance achieved between the promotion and termination of cell division regulates how your body grows, repairs damaged tissue, and ages. However, as we age, our tissues overwhelmingly accumulate cells that have irreversibly ceased to …

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Safeguarding Telomeres to Support Biological Aging

About Telomeres The genetic “blueprint” for your body is contained within 23 tiny X-shaped structures inside your cells called chromosomes. Intact chromosomes provide the instructions your body needs to grow and function properly. Over your lifetime, your cells divide approximately 10 quadrillion times, creating new cells that support normal growth, development, and replenishment of damaged …

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NAD+ and Sirtuins: The Dynamic Duo for Aging Well (And We’re Aging Every Day)

What is NAD+? NAD+ is a signaling molecule and coenzyme – a compound necessary for the functioning of other enzymes throughout the body. It is naturally present in every cell and plays critical roles in numerous cellular processes. It is a very important molecule. Let’s put it this way, without NAD+ we would die. As …

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Want to Age with Grace? Here are Two Critical Biochemical Pathways You Need to Know About

Longevity is currently a hot topic of discussion in the health community. The science of longevity is fascinating and quite technical, and discussions on this topic can cause us to quickly lose sight of why we want to optimize our longevity in the first place! Before diving into a discussion on two of the most …

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Why B-Vitamins Pack a Punch for Athletes

If you are an athlete or generally active person, you can’t beat the energy sustenance you’ll get from a B-vitamin regimen. The core B-vitamin group includes vitamins B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folate or folic acid) and vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin). The tricky part is that you’d …

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