"Man is a walking star, the universe is our depth." Paracelsus
Telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes, like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces. Without the coating, shoelaces become frayed until they can no longer do their job, just as without telomeres, DNA strands become damaged and our cells can't do their job. With each cell replication, the telomeres shorten. When they shorten, cell replication becomes less accurate. The result of telomere shortening is the aging process, which includes a compromising of the immune system.