Written by Hannah Kaye
While aging is inevitable, increasing the human lifespan and slowing the aging process has been a focus of scientific research for decades. And, let’s face it, most of us wouldn’t mind slowing the aging process.
Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega + CoQ10 is the perfect anti-aging supplement and here’s why.
Research suggests that omega-3 has a direct effect on biological aging by slowing down the rate at which protective caps on the ends of chromosomes shorten (1). The caps, called telomeres, are made from copied strands of DNA and have a similar function to bookends or the plastic ends of shoelaces. They prevent the ends of chromosomes - the "packages" of DNA in the cell nucleus - becoming damaged and keep the DNA organised and contained.
Each time a cell divides, its telomeres get shorter until a critical point is reached. DNA then becomes damaged and the cell stops dividing, and may die. In this way, the telomere acts like a biological fuse. The rate at which the fuse "burns" can vary both between individual people and individual cells. This is believed to have an impact on age-related diseases.
Fish oil may be the true elixir of youth, because of its effect on biological aging. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil preserve the genetic "fuse" that determines the lifespan of cells. In research, patients consuming the least omega-3 had the fastest rate of telomere shortening, while those in the top 25% of consumption levels had the slowest rate (1) . Omega-3 supplementation can also reduce oxidative stress, a condition characterized by an accumulation of free radicals and other reactive molecules that accelerates the aging process and onset of age-related disease (2).
Taking fish oil supplements can protect against heart disease, improve survival rates after a heart attack, reduce mental decline in old age and help to prevent age-related changes in the eye that can lead to blindness. Research has also shown that rodents live one-third longer when given a diet enriched with fish-derived omega-3.
So, what about CoQ10?
CoQ10 is an antioxidant that your body produces. It plays essential roles in energy production and protects against cellular damage. Research suggests that levels of CoQ10 decline as we age, and supplementing with it has been shown to improve certain aspects of health in older individuals. Additionally, CoQ10 supplements also help reduce oxidative stress which will have a positive impact on aging. Furthermore, research has shown that taking CoQ10 supplements can positively influence blood sugar levels.
Why should you pick Nordic Naturals over other brands of fish oils? All Nordic Naturals’ fish oil products are offered in the triglyceride molecular form—the form naturally found in fish, and the form your body most easily absorbs. Everything Nordic Naturals make is non-GMO and third-party tested, surpassing the strictest international standards for purity and freshness. Ultimate Omega +CoQ10 gives you all the benefits of concentrated omega-3s, plus 100 mg of CoQ10 (as ubiquinone) in one convenient serving. The perfect anti-aging combination.
(1) Farzaneh R et al (2010) Association of marine omega-3 fatty acid levels with telomeric aging in patients with CHD. JAMA 303 (3): 250-257
(2) Farooqi A & Farooqi T (2016) Prevention of oxidative stress by omega-3 fatty acids in the Brain. Omega 3 Fatty Acids 114: 1581-9