DHEA Lengthens Telomeres

And shortens cancer cell’s telomeres

Sporty senior woman

Sporty senior woman

Telomeres act as the aging clock in every cell and predict your health and life span.

A telomere is a repetitive nucleotide sequence at each end of a chromosome. The telomere protects the end of the chromosome from deterioration or from fusion with neighboring chromosomes. Its name is derived from the Greek nouns telos “end” and merοs “part.”

Telomeres get shorter each time a cell copies itself, but the important DNA within is able to stay intact as long as the telomeres retain their length. But when they get too short to do their job, this causes cells to age and stop functioning properly.

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In the journal Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research, Dr. Y. Omura, director of medical research, Heart Disease Research Foundation, New York, evaluated the effects of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a steroidal anti-aging supplement, on the amount of telomeres of normal cells and cancer cells.

The study involved 50 people, both males and females, between the ages of 20-80 years old.

When one optimal dose was given to each individual, the average telomere amount in normal tissues, measured in Bi-Digital O-Ring Test units, often increased from anywhere between 25-300 ng to between 500-530 ng. Cancer cell telomere reduced from higher than 1100 ng to less than 1 yg (=10(-24) g) with equally significant normalization of abnormal cancer parameters (such as integrin alpha5beta1, oncogen C-fosAb2, and acetylcholine).

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Circulatory improvement and an increase in grasping force of up to 25% were also detected, along with the changing of white hair back to black.

Contrary to the literature, which often recommended 25-50 mg of DHEA daily for the average adult human being, the author found that, depending on the individual, the maximum increase of normal cell telomere was obtained by a single optimal dose of 1.25-12.5 mg daily.

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Reference i Omura Y.Beneficial effects and side effects of DHEA: true anti-aging and age-promoting effects, as well as anti-cancer and cancer-promoting effects of DHEA evaluated from the effects on the normal and cancer cell telomeres and other parameters. Acupunct Electrother Res. 2005;30(3-4):219-61.
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