New research published in the scientific journal Rejuvenation Research discusses the outcomes of a year long study on a certain dietary supplement called TA-65 which is believed to reverse the aging process by lengthening
‘telomeres’: the specialized repetitive DNA sequences at the ends of the linear chromosomes, and associated proteins, that serve to maintain the integrity of the chromosomes.
“The key message in this study is that in individuals taking the novel telomerase activator supplement, after a one-year period, there was a reduction in production of cells with short telomeres,” says study author Calvin Harley, CEO of Telome Health Inc., in Menlo Park, California, who says the study is funded by the product’s maker, TA Sciences.
“The basic principle they put forward is if you activate telomerase — an enzyme — you’ll have more telomeres and have longer function by protecting chromosomes”, says John Pascal, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Thomas Jefferson University.
Pascal says telomere maintenance and research is certainly a valid area of scientific study. “It’s definitely a very pertinent topic because it seems to play a role in regulating how long the cell can continue to replicate and function normally,” Pascal says.
I believe these results are a great illustration that there’s already something that can be done to get rid of harmful aged cells. In this case TA-65 ‘works against’ toxic senescent T cells that have short telomeres. Hopefully more research will shed light on the ways to solve the problem of cellular aging in all tissues.