You probably already know that the polyphenols in the Mediterranean diet can help slow the aging process. A new study just came out in March that confirmed all we know about the diet. But what if you could supercharge the diet's ability to slow the aging process?
Not only is this possible, the science shows just how easy it can be. But before I tell you how, let me explain why the Mediterranean diet is so great for keeping you looking young and full of health.
The study, published in the March issue of The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, revealed why the diet is so effective. The researchers found that it protects the body against oxidative stress and keeps inflammation at bay. We've talked a lot about both of these for years. They both can play a role in slowing down the aging process.
All of this is great news. But there's more you can do to slow down how fast you age. In the past, I've showed you how telomeres are the real secret to aging. Telomeres are the caps on your chromosomes. They help keep our DNA intact. But telomeres naturally shorten as we age, which results in all of the aging symptoms we experience. Shorter telomeres affect every organ in your body.
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Fortunately, the Mediterranean diet helps keep your telomeres long. A study released several years ago evaluated 4,676 healthy middle-aged women. The researchers had the participants complete highly detailed questionnaires about their diets and took a blood sample to determine their telomere length. They evaluated the questionnaires and assigned each a score from 0-9 that measured how closely the participant followed the Mediterranean diet.
The researchers found that the higher the score, the longer the participants' telomeres were. In fact, just a one point difference in the diet score was associated with an average of 1.5 additional years of telomere aging.
The diet played a significant factor in their telomere length and their aging. But the researchers found that no one component had a significant effect on telomere length; they had to work together. That means you can't just rely on a glass of red wine to protect your telomeres! The overall pattern of the participants' diet had to follow the Mediterranean guidelines for there to be a noticeable impact on the telomeres.
And this is where we can help our diet slow the aging process. It's hard to stay on any strict diet all the time. We're sure to miss some of the nutrients we need to keep our telomeres long. So taking nutrients to "fill in the gaps" can help protect you against oxidative damage, inflammation, and shorter telomeres. These nutrients include astragalus, broccoli (and other cruciferous veggies), Rhodiola extract, blueberry extract, and N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine. Taking these nutrients and others included in Advanced Telomere Support can help fill in those gaps when you're not as strict as you should be. And, when you're on the top of your game, these nutrients can supercharge your diet and keep your telomeres in tip-top shape.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND.
Medical News Today, 3 December 2014.