Has the anti-aging diet discovered the long sought after fountain of youth? Some scientists and nutritionists believe that the foods you eat can substantially increase the length of human life , but will the anti-aging diet really increase your lifespan? Let’s take a look and see what the experts say.
How Does the Anti-Aging Diet Work?
There are two aspects of the anti-aging diets that experts say increases the human lifespan. The first is a diet of high-nutrient foods that provide all the nutrition the body needs. The second is by significantly reducing the recommended calories that you eat while still getting all the nutrients you need.
Anti-Aging Diet Superfoods
Opinions differ as to which foods on the anti-aging food are the best. Each expert has his or her own list of “superfoods” that they recommend. There are, however, a few foods that many experts agree on. Some of the foods on the list may seem obvious to some, and other may surprise you. Here is a short list of some of the most popular superfoods on the anti-aging diet:
- Spinach and other leafy greens
- Dark Chocolate
- Whole grains
- Nuts and seeds
- Curry powder
- Berries (the more colorful the better)
Calorie Reduction and the Anti-Aging Diet
Studies on animals have shown that a 30% reduction in normal calories eaten can lead to a 30% increase in lifespan. Animals for which this has proven true include rats, dogs, fish, fruit flies, monkeys and spiders. An anti-aging diet limits calories to no more than 1800, below the recommended 2000 calories by the USDA.
Scientists believe that the cause of this may be a reaction of the cells to a lower calorie diet. To compensate for the loss of calories, cells change their behavior from predominately reproduction to maintenance of cells.
However, due to the limits of studying the effects of a low-calorie anti-aging diet on humans over a lifetime (it would take several generations of researchers to see it through to the end) there is not enough evidence to determine if it is effective on humans. In fact, it is possible that this effect may only take place in certain animals, and humans may not be one of them.
Some other possible theories about the basis of the anti-aging diet include:
- The anti-aging diet and calorie reduction can reduce the amount of damage done by free radicals—unstable molecules which can damage the molecules of your cells and are believed to be a main cause of aging.
- The deterioration of the immune system may be slowed down by the anti-aging diet and calorie reduction, thereby keeping your body more able to fight off disease and infection which can kill you off.
- Calorie reduction slows the metabolism. A fast metabolism could be the cause of how quickly a person ages.
Can the Anti-Aging Diet Help You Look Younger?
The foods recommended by the anti-aging diet certainly have many health benefits and will likely keep your body healthier and you feeling younger. However, the idea that your lifespan may be substantially increased may be grounded in fiction. There are certainly some benefits to the anti-aging diet, but if you’re looking for the fountain of youth, it doesn’t exist.