Hyperbaric Oxygen May Lengthen Telomeres And Your Life

Interior view of hyperbaric chamber.

A potential breakthrough may be happening in the field of anti-aging. Could pure oxygen lead to the fountain of youth?

Dr. Ed Park, author of The Telomere Miracle, explains aging and stem cells could possibly be affected by oxygen treatments.

“Every time a cell divides the telomeres have to shorten, and stem cells are the kinds of cells that have an enzyme that can re-lengthen them, making them kind of immortal. Even though they’re getting older, they’re getting older at a much slower rate than the non-stem cells,” Dr. Park said.

“What we do see is an incidental shortening of the telomeres and that reflects where they came from because their stem cells are getting older. So, if we can have something like breathing hyperbaric oxygen and it shows up in the blood cells at least, the inference, the hope is that it would show up in other cells,” he said.

A recent study out of Tel Aviv University published in the journal Aging, claims promising results using hyperbaric oxygen treatments to lengthen telomeres and reduce the accumulation of old and malfunctioning cells in the blood of test subjects. In the study, 35 healthy adults aged 64 and older received 60 daily hyperbaric oxygen treatments over three months.

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