We’ve told you before that keeping your telomeres long may help add healthy years to your life. But new research reveals it may not be about adding individual ingredients to your diet… It’s about changing your diet as a whole.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital wanted to determine if following the popular Mediterranean diet had an effect on telomere length. They looked at medical data from 4,676 healthy nurses. Each of them was between 42 and 70 years old. The subjects answered detailed questions about their diet. They also had their telomere length recorded.
Each subject received a score from 0–9 points. Their scores corresponded with how well their diets met the criteria of the Mediterranean diet. The researchers found subjects whose diets resembled the Mediterranean diet the closest, had longer telomeres.
Your telomere measurement can translate to fewer signs of aging—even a longer life. And this study confirms that. Researchers revealed each negative point scored indicated 1.5 years of telomere aging.1
This means dropping from a score of 9 to 6 could age—or shorten—your telomeres by 4.5 years. It may not sound like a lot. But it was on par with the difference between smokers and non-smokers. Their telomeres had a 4.6-year difference. The same goes for active women and less active women. They had a 4.4-year gap.2
Let’s do the math… If you smoke, score a 6 on the diet, and don’t exercise, you’re looking at nearly 14 unnecessary years’ worth of DNA aging. So even though you may be 60, your body may feel—and function—like it’s 74.
It shows that diet is just as important as smoking status and exercise when it comes to fighting aging. No single component of the diet led to this result. In other words, it was all the dietary factors combined that led to benefit. Not just eating more fish.
The study points to the Mediterranean diet as a healthy—even ideal—diet for fighting aging. But you may be able to do even better.
Because there’s a big flaw.
Sure, the Mediterranean diet focuses on healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, and fish. But it also stresses eating whole grains. Grains contain phytic acid (PA). It’s a substance that stops you from absorbing nutrients. Things like calcium, copper, and zinc. They claim they’re a great source of fiber… The truth is you’ll find more fiber in blackberries, peas, and raspberries.
Replace grains—even the “healthy” ones—with organic green vegetables. You’ll see the same benefits as following the traditional Mediterranean diet. The difference is you’ll be cutting out the majority of toxins and inflammation found in it. This could mean even more anti-aging power in each meal.
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