Whether it’s the buckle in your knees when you get up from a chair… or that strange pull in your lower back when you bend down to tie your shoes… you can only ignore the ageing process for so long.
Even if you look “good for your age” – and FEEL pretty good too – there are changes happening inside your body that you can’t see.
Putting the brakes on the aches
Fortunately, according to a new study you may be able to slow down the ageing process – just by eating turkey!
For this latest study, published in Nature Communications, Spanish researchers theorised that signs of ageing associated with declining levels of an enzyme called NADPH could be slowed down by halting the decline of NADPH levels.
During the trial, the researchers treated mice suffering with “mitochondrial myopathy” – a condition that damages nerve cells in your brain and muscles, and that can lead to everything from muscle weakness to heart failure and dementia.
The researchers found that by genetically altering the mice to enable them to produce large amounts of NADPH, the mice remained agile and well-coordinated as they aged. Female rodents in particular lived 14 per cent longer than their NADPH-deficient counterparts.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go through some genetic modification to increase your levels of NADPH.
In fact, there is something much simpler (and cheaper!) you can do to stop your NADPH from taking a nose-dive.
Supplement with vitamin B3, also known as niacin.
This wonder vitamin is known to help protect your nerves from damage related to chemotherapy drugs that destroy ALL cells – cancerous and non-cancerous – in their wake.
And if you prefer to get your nutrients and vitamins naturally, then you might already be on your way to getting the amount of vitamin B3 you need to live younger for longer… especially if you follow the Paleo diet.
Paleo-friendly foods, like turkey and other poultry, red meat, eggs, and dairy are all rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted by your body into vitamin B3. Other vitamin B3-rich foods include peas, mushrooms, avocado, nuts and seeds.
Alternatively, you can supplement with vitamin B3 as part of a B complex vitamin. Just be aware that taking this vitamin on its own may cause the “niacin flush”. It’s generally harmless and lasts for about 15 minutes but it can be a little uncomfortable for some people.
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Effective treatment of mitochondrial myopathy by nicotinamide riboside, a vitamin B3, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4203351/
Vitamin B3 May Delay Ageing, worldhealth.net/news/vitamin-b3-may-delay-ageing/