PCOS Review Newsletter #81
1) Could a Multi-Vitamin Increase Your Lifespan?
It's no secret that your nutrition profoundly affects your health, quality of life and how long you live. A new study from the National Institutes of Health supports this concept.
The University of North Carolina recently released a study of 4,752 pregnant women. Results indicate that vitamin supplementation during early pregnancy was associated with a reduced risk of miscarriage.
In this study, it was discovered that women who consume multi-vitamins had telomeres that were 5.1% longer than women who did not take any vitamins.
A telomere is a part of your genetic structure. It's a region of DNA at the end of chromosomes, which protects the end of the chromosome from destruction. Over time, the telomeres get shorter, which limits your cells to a fixed number of divisions. When the fixed number is reached, the cells cannot replace themselves. Animal studies suggest this is responsible for aging on the cellular level and sets a limit on lifespan.
So will taking a multi-vitamin/mineral enable you to live longer? It's not known. But this study suggests that women who do take a multi-vitamin have longer telomeres, which is thought to be an indicator of a longer lifespan.
Interestingly, higher intakes of vitamins C and E from foods were each associated with longer telomeres, regardless of multivitamin use. This is another reason for eating a diet of fresh, whole foods as described in The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS and Infertility.
We also recommend Vital Nutrient's high quality multi-vitamin/mineral formula.
Hu Q et al, Multivitamin use and telomere length in women, Am J Clin Nutr, 2009 March 11; [Epub ahead of print]
3) Tips for Smarter Thinking - Part 2
Ancient sages have said: "You become what you think about." Take 15 minutes out of your busy day, and reflect upon these tips for smarter thinking.
Click here to review Tips for Smarter Thinking - Part 1.
8) I focus on improving my mind. I remind myself to read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.
9) I expand my being in three ways: I do a good deed for someone without letting them know it. (If they find out I did it, it doesn't count). I do at least two good things I know I should do but have been putting off. I do not show anyone that my feelings are hurt.
10) I am agreeable. I look as well as I can, dress becomingly, talk softly, act courteously and speak ill of none. I work to improve no one except myself.
11) I have a program and structure for my life. I may not follow it exactly but I have it, thereby avoiding hurry and indecision.
12) I take a quiet half hour to relax alone. During this time I reflect on my behavior and develop a better perspective on my life.
13) I am unafraid. I gather the courage to do what is right and take the responsibility for my own actions. I expect nothing from the world, but I realize that as I give to the world, the world will give to me.
Thought for Today: "Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God." -- Mary Manin Morrissey
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