As we age, we all notice changes in how we look and how we feel. In the burgeoning field of telomere biology, scientists have discovered that many of these changes are caused by the shortening of telomeres, the ends of chromosomes that serve to protect the genetic DNA from damage.

What is a telomere?

A telomere looks and functions similar to the little plastic endpiece of a shoelace that keeps the strings of the lace bound together. Just as the shoelace unravels if the protective tip is missing, so the genetic material of the chromosomes degrades if not properly protected by telomeres of a certain length.

Telomeres act as ‘cellular clocks’, indicating the age of nearly every cell in our bodies. Every time a cell divides, telomeres get shorter and become less effective at protecting the chromosomes from injury and deterioration. Short telomeres not only fail to protect the DNA that makes up the chromosomes, but the shortening process signals changes in gene expression that drive the aging process.

However, natural telomere shortening over time can be reversed. Activating an enzyme called telomerase and adding back telomeres actually reverses the aging process and turns back the cellular clock.


Telomerase is a naturally-occurring enzyme in the body and a vital factor in cell health. It helps maintain the protective telomeres. Scientific studies have shown that controlled activation of telomerase in normal cells can increase telomere length, improve functional capacity, and promote the proliferative lifespan
of cells.

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A telomerase activator adds back base pairs of telomeric DNA that have been lost in the aging process. This lengthening of telomeres protects chromosomes from damage, essentially protecting the cells where telomerase is activated from age-related decline.


T.A. Sciences’ TA-65md, a clinically-proven telomerase activator, is a naturally-occurring single molecule extracted from the root of a herb. Through a proprietary process, T.A. Sciences isolates
the TA-65 molecule, and then performs rigorous tests to ensure exceptional purity and potency of the final product.

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Activating telomerase also has  a host of positive side-effects for patients, including improved sleep, smoother skin, improved joint function, stronger hair, a boosted immune system, and feeling more alert.

Although there have been over 8000 published studies on telomere biology to date, scientists are now just beginning to understand how much harm short telomeres cause and how important telomerase activation is. Keeping good cells living the longest they possibly can and making sure our immune system is strengthened could go a long way in prolonging our healthspans.