Until recently, researchers have found only one way to extend the life span of a human. You had to restrict the number of calories you eat each day. One study found that you could significantly extend your life if you cut your calories by 25%.
Unfortunately, most people don't want to cut their calories by that much. So researchers have been looking for other ways to increase life span. More recent studies have found that a less drastic calorie-restrictive diet along with exercise can have the same effect. And, yet another study found that protein restriction (33 grams daily) can have a similar effect. But now there's evidence that combining the extracts of two fruits and a tea can significantly increase your life span.
We've known for a few years that blueberry extract extended the lives of roundworms by 28% and fruit flies by 10%. And other studies showed promise with pomegranate and green tea extracts. But none of these studies proved humans would experience the same effect. That took another study. And the results of this study are quite impressive.
In this study, researchers looked at the age-defying abilities of blueberry, pomegranate, and green tea extracts. They combined all three into one nutrient cocktail and gave it to mice that were on a calorie-restrictive diet. They gave two other groups of mice either a normal diet (control) or just a calorie-restrictive diet.
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As you would expect, both of the groups that had their calories restricted lived longer than the control group. However, what was amazing about this study was that the mice eating the polyphenol cocktail significantly outlived the mice that ate only the calorie-restrictive diet. But that's not all.
The researchers found that the brains of the animals eating the cocktail experienced far less damage from life-shortening genes that are responsible for the aging process. This is really impressive. Here's why: the effects of a calorie-restrictive diet are so robust that many researchers thought it would be impossible to improve on the results. But this study showed that not only can you improve on it, but you can significantly improve on it. And there's more.
The results of this study were so dramatic that the researchers hinted that the polyphenols alone might be enough to increase your life span. They said that "Even with a high-fat diet, alternate day feeding extends mouse life span."
Why would these polyphenols improve on the diet by such a wide margin? The researchers said that even though a calorie-restrictive diet is mostly good for you, it can cause inflammation and oxidative stress. The polyphenols in this cocktail most likely mitigated that damage. Combined with the positive effects of the diet, this cocktail made the body run more effectively without breaking down.
The researchers weren't sure if one of the extracts had a more potent anti-aging ability than the others. However, it's possible it was the combination of extracts that had the effect. Some studies have questioned the abilities of individual nutrients to extend life span. We know that all three of these extracts are very powerful and can do wonders for your health. So it's possible that it takes all three to actually extend your life. In that case, you'll want to make sure you're taking a supplement like Advanced Greens Formula, which has all three of these in it, plus many other healthful nutrients.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.