Breathing in pure oxygen can reverse the aging process, according to Israeli scientists at Tel Aviv University.
They concluded that being in a hyperbaric pressure chamber, where oxygen is supplied under pressure, can be very beneficial for the human body.
In particular, thanks to these procedures, telomeres have grown by 20% – the end areas on chromosomes that perform a protective function and shorten with age, which ultimately leads to cell aging.
During the experiments, telomeres grew in size, “rejuvenating” by about 25 years.
The study also showed that the number of senescent cells, which, as they accumulate in the body, prevent regeneration, in some cases decreased by 37%. Removing these “zombie cells” can ultimately prolong a person’s life.
In experiments on animals, the removal of such cells increased the lifespan of the experimental by about a third.
Modern science believes that the cause of the development of diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s is directly the aging process.
It is also known that obesity, smoking, lack of physical activity, vitamin deficiencies and inflammation in the body can accelerate the process of telomere contraction. This indicates that they have a significant impact on longevity.
“Since telomere shortening is considered to be the holy grail of the biology of aging, scientists are exploring pharmacological and procedural options in the hope of finding ways to lengthen telomeres,” Tel Aviv University School of Medicine professor Shai Efrati told the Daily Mail.
According to the scientist, his group’s research demonstrates that aging can indeed be reversed at a basic cellular biological level.
During the research, the results of which were published in the journal Aging, 35 healthy volunteers over the age of 64 breathed 100 percent oxygen through a mask in pressure chambers. The sessions lasted 90 minutes and were held five days a week for three months.
In such conditions, the state of hypoxia or lack of oxygen in an oxygen-saturated environment is simulated, due to which the tissues dissolve more oxygen, which, as is known, contributes to the regenerative effects in the body.
Previously, scientific experiments were carried out. which found that healthy eating and high-intensity exercise also lengthen telomeres, but according to Israeli scientists, the current study has shown much higher effectiveness in this regard.