RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CALIF. — ErgoActive ergothioneine from Blue California may help support healthy aging, according to an in vitro study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements.

The research marked the first time ergothioneine was studied for its effect on telomere length. Telomeres are protein structures located at the end of DNA strands that protect chromosomes from becoming damaged. Oxidative stress during aging wears down telomeres and impacts multiple areas of health, including longevity, bone health, cardiovascular health, cognition and skin vitality.

“Our results suggest that ergothioneine as part of a healthy diet could potentially mitigate the negative effects of oxidative stress and support healthy aging by helping to preserve telomere length and reduce the rate of shortening,” said Priscilla Samuel, PhD, chief science officer at Blue California.

Ergothioneine is a naturally occurring amino acid that may be obtained from dietary sources such as specific species of mushrooms, beans and oat bran.

“Blue California actively invests in clinical studies to advance the science and impact of our ErgoActive ergothioneine on overall health and wellness,” Dr. Samuel said. “We are committed to furthering research for substantiating functional benefits and claims associated with ingredients for use in dietary supplements, functional foods and beverages, personal care products, cosmetics and pet nutrition.”