There are two types of age; chronological age and biological age. While there may be no option to change our chronological age, there is growing evidence that we can change our biological age! Cellular Aging Cellular aging is a very complex process about which little was known until just recently. The 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three Americans for their work with telomeres, the genetic code that protects the ends of chromo-somes, and telomerase, the enzyme that assists in this process. A typical cell can only accurately replicate itself approximately 50-times. Each time a cell divides, the DNA’s end-cap, or telomere, gets slightly smaller. Eventually, the telomeres become so short that the chromosomes are damaged in the process and the cell can no longer divide. However, if the enzymes telomerase and polymerase are present in adequate quantities, telomeres are protected and can even grow longer. Free Radical Aging Theory Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules created during the course of normal cellular function. If enough free radicals exist, they can damage other components, including DNA and proteins, causing cellular stress. Antioxidants are substances found in plants that absorb unstable oxygen molecules. If the body has adequate antioxidants present, it can minimize free radical damage. Toxin Promoted Aging Toxins from chemicals, environment pollutants, processed foods and other sources all take their toll on the body. If these toxins are allowed to accumulate in the body, eventually cellular and organ functions suffer. However, if cells are continually detoxed and fed proper nutrients, there is evidence that they may live indefinitely. © Resonance Research Foundation, Inc. 1991-2013