Every cell in our body has identical DNA, and yet different types of cells make organs with radically different functions (heart, blood, bones, muscles, etc.).
Along the same lines, genetically identical twins have the same DNA, yet develop into unique individuals with distinct habits, preferences, and behavioral traits. How does this happen?
Genetics is the study of the DNA code that describes how to make all our cells and tissues.
Epigenetics, on the other hand, is the study of how the body adds and removes chemical tags directly to our DNA, to turn specific genes on or off.
These tags are in the form of molecules called methyl groups.
Throughout our lifetime, the positioning of these tags will change to allow for growth, development, and learning, while at the same time, these epigenetic tags can also be influenced by what we eat, how we live our lives and the environment.
Certain environmental stresses can cause a cell to adjust its epigenetic tags.
While this may help the cell adapt in the short term, in the long run, the very process of methylation can contribute to susceptibility to age-related health conditions.
Specific portions of our DNA increase in methylation as we get older, which is why determining the level of methylation in this part of the DNA, is correlated with your true, biological age.
Biological vs Chronological Age
Your chronological age is how many years you have been alive.
Your biological age, on the other hand, is a reflection of how old you are by examining your DNA.
Sometimes our DNA can reveal that we are younger than we are, and sometimes, unfortunately, diseases and poor life habits can reflect in our DNA, that we are older than we really are.
Fortunately, the more we learn about aging, the more we are understanding that epigenetic tagging is potentially reversible.
With the knowledge of what your DNA is telling you, better lifestyle changes of diet, exercise and proper supplementation can have a positive effect on the methylation process.
But how do we test for our biological age?
In the past, testing for this methylation required blood tests and carried a high cost…we now have the ability to test your biological age with a simple, non-invasive saliva test (see bottom of the page for DNAging test).
If we can learn to control it, we will be able to develop new approaches to improve health and quality of life for us all.
Recently, scientists studying a form of a molecule called Alpha-Ketoglutarate, have determined it can actually assist over time in removing the methyl groups associated with aging, and returning methylation levels associated with youth.
The sustained release proprietary formula LifeAKG™ found in Rejuvant™ LifeTabs™ was shown by scientists at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, in sponsored research, to increase both lifespan (how long we live) and, just as importantly, the healthspan (how long we live, well) in mammals. Additional research is ongoing.
Getting a reading on Methylation levels, and with that new awareness, making healthy lifestyle choices that support our DNA integrity, can be a key health strategy for taking control of one’s biological age.
Interested in Finding out Your Chronological Age?
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