Sources of Telomerase Enzyme in Food

You may have heard of Telomerase Enzyme, and the importance of Telomeres in protecting and restoring your body’s youth and health.  Telomeres are protective caps that ensure that your DNA can replicate properly during your body’s ongoing renewal of your cells.  These Telomeres are made out of Telomerase Enzyme.  Over time, these caps wear down, and the DNA strands are exposed, and become frayed and damaged – causing aging and also making you more vulnerable to a variety of illnesses.

Since telomerase enzyme is so important, so many people are looking for a natural food sources rich with that enzyme these days. Below are the most important factors in food that affect your natural anti-aging telomerase activation and availability.  


Vitamin D:

Vitamin D increases our body’s production of natural telomerase enzyme.  A study looking at 2000 women from a wide age-range found that the more vitamin D there was in their bodies, the longer there telomeres were.  Vitamin D can be absorbed from sunlight, and also by taking Vitamin D supplements, and both groups ion the study had longer telomeres than those with less vitamin D.

In order to naturally boost your Vitamin D, spend 20 minutes a day in the sun without any sunscreen.  It can also be found in certain fish, egg-yolks, and fresh orange juice.  If you choose to take a supplement, 2000 IU per day is sufficient.


Omega-3 has been found to significantly boost telomere length, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association in which 608 people were followed over a 5-year period.  Excellent ways to boost your Omega-3 include cold-water, high-fat fish such as mackarel, lake trout, wild salmon, and herring.  Raw nuts and seeds are also excellent – such as almonds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and walnuts.  High-quality fish-oil supplements are also an excellent source of Omega-3.


Astragalus root contains two molecules – cycloastragenols and astragalosides -  two powerful molecules which have been shown to activate the body’s production of telomerase enzyme.  However, it must be taken in a very large and concentrated dose, so your regular health food store astragalus tincture or capsule will not be effective.  High-dose astragalus supplements are in development – so far TA-65 is the only highly cycloastragenols and astragalosides concentrated supplement that activates telomerase successfully, and is available on Amazon.

Porcine thymus glands:

Thymus glands from a pig is considered the richest source of telomerase enzyme and also the closest to human. You can either go to your local butcher and ask if they can get you some thymus glands from locally raised pigs, or you can buy Telomerance that is a concentrated telomerase enzyme supplement. It’s a sublingual formula that is developed to bypass the digestive tract and deliver telomerase into the blood in its original unadulterated state.  It’s very strong so make sure you use it as directed.

Folic Acid or Folate:

Instead of targeting telomerase activation, researchers at Tufts University in 2009 focused their investigation on DNA damage prevention and realized that if you minimize DNA methylation, you also minimize telomerase enzyme use. Folate is a mineral responsible for DNA healthy function and adequate amount of folate in a diet will help synthesize and repair DNA, thus maintaining telomere length. Leafy vegetables such as spinach, turnip greens, asparagus, lettuce and some Asian green vegetable are rich in folic acid, as well as legumes (lentils, peas and beans) and animal liver and kidneys.


Vitamin B12, C, and E have also been shown to support Telomere health, according to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


Sources of vitamin B12 include: Grass-fed beef, tuna, trout, and milk. If you choose to take a supplement, you can take between  100 mcg 500 mcg per day, and you buy it, make sure you use the more expensive methylcobalamin version, because it is absorbed by your body right away without any toxic byproduct and it’s better retained in the tissues.

Vitamin C:

Sources of vitamin C include acidic fruit such as kiwi, strawberries, and citrus, as well as kale, broccoli, and sweet peppers.  If you take a vitamin C supplement, 3000mg a day is sufficient (take more if you are sick), ideally get a “buffered” or a “lypospheric”  or “liposomal” version for maximum absorption and less stress on your digestive organs. The one I use is made by LiveON Labs called Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C.

Vitamin E:

Sources of vitamin E include spinach, broccoli, olive oil, almonds, and kiwi.  If you take a vitamin E supplement, be sure to take a “complex” that contains several types of vitamin E, and natural vitamin E is much more efficiently absorbed by the body.

Hopefully you are already on the path to eating a diet full of enzyme-rich raw food, “good” fats, and plenty of fruit, seeds, and nuts – and low on processed foods that can contain carcinogens, chemicals, and rancid oils.  In this case, you will see that shifting to a telomerase-supportive diet is just a matter of a few adjustments.  If you are less used to this kind of eating, it’s time to start!

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