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Recently, important epigenetic findings were published which show how our daily habits affect our brain function as well as our biological age, which can differ quite a bit from our chronological age. And, these same habits also affect your children and their health.
The first study was that of male mice who took part in regular exercise for a 10-week period and were exposed to brain stimulating activity. Researchers found that these two lifestyle activities produced tags on the DNA of the mice – tags which reduce their risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. In addition, brain cell connections improved in these mice, actually increasing their learning capability(1).
Make Your Child Smarter And Reduce Their Risk Of Dementia
As exciting as these findings were, the most significant discovery came when scientists tested their offspring. Tests showed that the positive effects had actually been passed on to the babies via a molecule in sperm called RNA, and that their offspring had retained the same epigenetic markers.
Further testing revealed that their offspring was not only less likely to develop neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, but they also scored higher in cognitive function tests as compared to the offspring of control mice who had not been exposed to exercise or brain stimuli.
Your Food Choices Can Age You And Your Child
Another study, published just today, confirmed that internal inflammation and increased levels of fatty acids in the blood actually cause epigenetic aging(2).
This means that when we eat fatty foods and foods that cause internal inflammation, such as animal-based food, fried, and processed food, we are aging our DNA. Subsequently, your DNA, and all accumulated markers are then passed down to future generations.
- Benito, Eva, Cemil Kerimoglu, Binu Ramachandran, Qihui Zhou, Tonatiuh Pena, Vincenzo Capece, Gaurav Jain, Susanne Burkhardt, Roman Stilling, Dieter Edbauer, Camin Dean, and Andre Fischer. “RNA-dependent Intergenerational Inheritance of Enhanced Synaptic Plasticity after Environmental Enrichment.” April 10, 2018. doi:10.1101/178814.
- Irvin, Marguerite R., Stella Aslibekyan, Anh Do, Degui Zhi, Bertha Hidalgo, Steven A. Claas, Vinodh Srinivasasainagendra, Steve Horvath, Hemant K. Tiwari, Devin M. Absher, and Donna K. Arnett. “Metabolic and Inflammatory Biomarkers Are Associated with Epigenetic Aging Acceleration Estimates in the GOLDN Study.” Clinical Epigenetics 10, no. 1 (April 18, 2018). doi:10.1186/s13148-018-0481-4.