Zombie Cells

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Zombie Cells

The Answer to Youth?

As the name implies, zombie cells are cells that are defective but still alive. A zombie cell results from a phenomenon called cellular senescence, whereby the normal process of cell division in the body ceases.

This process is one of the hallmarks of aging, and science is discovering more and more about the role it plays in aging cells and the tools we can use to halt or slow down senescence. Cell senescence occurs in response to cellular stressors or damage, ensuring that potentially harmful cells don't continue to divide and proliferate. These cells then cease to multiply and remain alive but dysfunctional. This is not an ideal scenario, as you want your body to be able to just get rid of these damaged cells, not hold onto them. These zombie cells that stick around also release molecules that may trigger inflammation associated with aging. This is why learning how to kill zombie cells or remove senescent cells may help support longevity.

According to the National Institute on Aging, removing senescent cells from the body becomes less efficient as we age. Thus, zombie cells tend to accumulate with aging, and they also accelerate aging when too many stick around. Zombie Cells (Senescent cells) can be formed when there is DNA damage and telomere shortening and are closely tied to mitochondrial dysfunction and disabled mitophagy.

3 Ways to Combat Zombie Cells:

1. Fasting
2. Food
3. Exercise

Fasting can trigger a cell-recycling process called autophagy, which helps our body remove damaged cells, including senescent cells.

* Resveratrol: Found in grapes.
* Curcumin: As an active component of turmeric, curcumin has been studied for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
* ECGC: The phytochemical epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) found in green tea.
* Urolithin A: Urolithin A is a postbiotic nutrient, meaning our gut microbiome makes it after we ingest polyphenols in foods like pomegranates, berries, and nuts.
* Quercetin: This polyphenol is found in fruits and veggies, and tea.
* Water

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