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In a follow-up article to “Could Athlete’s Best Premium Omega-3 Plus Extend Telomeres”, new research suggests that the key factor in our Athlete’s Best Vitality Force may also play a very significant role in extending telomere length.

As discussed in Part I, telomere length is a way to measure the biological age of your cells. The longer the length, the ‘younger’ your cells are, and vice versa.

Although telomeres naturally shorten over time, shortening is not inevitable, and telomeres can also lengthen. In addition to omega-3s, there is another powerful nutrient that can maintain and extend telomeres.  I will share this vital information with you in the following paragraphs.

I have long considered one of my favorite foods to be a delicacy that may hold an important key to longevity.

As someone who grew up in Maine, the lobster has long held great meaning to me both as a food involved in many special occasions and joyful celebrations (including my every birthday!)

The lobster also holds great meaning as a another type of food – food for thought – based on critical research suggesting that the lobster may in fact be immortal.

At this point I would like to be able to say that eating lobster is the key to longevity. (I would live forever based on the amount of lobster I’ve consumed in my life to date if that were the case!)

What research is telling us, however, is that the the great mystery of longevity may lie within the cells of the lobster.

What we have learned is this:

  • A lobster grows stronger and more fertile with age.
  • A lobster’s power never weakens. From birth to death, it never stops getting better and stronger.
  • A lobster’s metabolism never slows during it’s lifetime.
  • There is no built-in life expectancy in the cells of a lobster.

This is AMAZING research when we consider the implications.

Lobsters are constantly getting stronger, bigger and more virile. Every few years we hear about someone catching a giant lobster weighing between 25 and 40 pounds. (And those are just the ones that have been caught!)

Why do they grow so large and how can they live for well over a 100 years? The answer lies within the enzyme telomerase, which helps rebuild and maintain telomeres.

In humans, telomerase production is turned off in adulthood. So in time, our telomeres get shorter and shorter, creating older cells that result in everything we attribute to aging such as wrinkles, joint soreness, brain fog and everything else that we attribute to the aging process.

In lobsters, telomerase production is turned on for their entire lives. So lobsters experience a constant, abundant stream of telomerase that helps keep their telomeres long, and keeps their cells from dying.

Even at our best, we will never live forever. But what this research suggests is that if we can maintain highly functioning telomeres, we can produce cells that keep us looking and feeling younger…and actually BEING younger!

This research is part of the reason why we are so excited about one of our premiere products, Athlete’s Best Vitality Force.

Research suggests that we need to boost a molecule in our body known as Nitric Oxide (NO). Nitric Oxide can expand blood vessels, increase blood flow, and improve muscle performance.  This is all very important, but here is the magic:  Nitric Oxide also helps maintain telomeres by activating the telomerase enzyme.

Circulation Research conducted a study that examined the effect of Nitric Oxide on telomere length. They performed a test by injecting a Nitric Oxide supplement into a culture of umbilical cord blood vessels. The cells from these blood vessels are perfect for testing, because aging affects how they function, and they have an effect on aging themselves.

What this study uncovered is that boosting Nitric Oxide helped maintain telomeres and reduced the number of the cells that died.2 It helped initiate telomeres to create younger cells again!

This activity is so critical that one German study found that even if your “normal” Nitric Oxide production is inhibited, it can accelerate cell death and affect your telomeres.3

Vitality Force is a great option for boosting your Nitric Oxide production due to the free form arginine in our formula.

Arginine is an amino acid that converts to Nitric Oxide when it enters the body, which then boosts your Nitric Oxide production.

Vitality Force also includes 200mg of citrulline.  A study by the U.S. National Academy of Science found that the combination of citrulline with arginine helps maximize the effectiveness of arginine.

The 5000mg of arginine within our Vitality Force formula drastically jump-starts your body’s production of Nitric Oxide which, over time, will help maintain your telomeres, and your body should reflect and feel the effects of the creation of new cells that remain younger for longer.

I take Vitality Force myself – because a longer life means more birthdays, (and thus more lobster for me)!


1. Klapper W, et. al. “Longevity of Lobsters is Linked to Ubiquitous Telomerase Expression.” FEBS Lett. 1998; 143-6.
2. Vasa M, et. al. “Nitric Oxide Activates Telomerase and Delays Endothelial Cell Senescense.” Circulation Research. 2000; 540-542.
3. Scalera F, et. al. “Endogenous Nitric Oxide Synthesis Inhibitor Asymmertic Dimethyle L-Arginine Accelerates Endothelial Cell Senescence.” Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 2004; 1816-1822.
4. Hayashi T, et al. “Endothelial Cellular Senescence is Inhibited by Nitric Oxide: Implications in Atherosclerosis Associated with Menopause and Diabetes.” PNAS November 7, 2006.; 17018-17023.
5. Romero M, et. al. “Therapeutic use of Citrulline in Cardiovascular Disease.” Cardiovasc Drug Rev., 2006 Fall-Winter; 275-90.

Kris Vigue

A former Division I athlete with dreams of playing professional baseball cut short due to a severe on-the-field injury. Now the CEO of Athlete’s Best, a Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist and Trainer, and Nutritional Wellness Consultant.

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