11 June 2016

The Best Formula for Anti-Aging

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Even Gerontologists are obscure about the causative reasons behind ageing. Scientists postulate that aging might be due to some predetermined cell programming, genetics, oxidative stress, mental stress, the food we eat, lifestyle and so on …

The Best Formula for Anti-aging
  • Free radical theory of aging suggests that free radicals formed endogenously as by-products of normal metabolic process are the reason behind aging. Thus chronic free radical activity contributes to decline in the function of cells leading to aging process.
  • Vegetables, fruits, spices are well known to be important sources of antioxidant vitamins, and minerals, along with carotenoids, polyphenols, and other phytochemicals.
  • Adipose tissue once thought as an energy storage organ plays a crucial part in longevity and development of age-related diseases Excess or dysfunctional fat tissue stimulates the incidence of degenerative diseases while interventions that delay or limit fat tissue are associated with boosting the longevity.
  • Include higher percent of unsaturated fats than saturated fats. A sufficient intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega­3 and omega­6 fatty acids) is importantas they play a critical role. Omega­3 fatty acids can be found in fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, anchovies, and sardines, and nuts.Food sources of omega­6 fatty acids include vegetable oils, such as soybean, safflower, and corn oil, nuts and seeds.
  • Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are a group of irreversible compounds formed during a nonenzymatic browning reaction between reducing sugars and free amino groups of proteins, lipids, or nucleic acids.
  • AGEs are formed exogenously from foods processed at high temperatures, as well as from tobacco smoking. Whether on the grill, in a skillet, or in the oven, browning or charring foods is an indication that AGEs are present. Cooking foods in high temperature , dry heat methods also enhances AGEs formation.
  • Calorie restriction especially consuming plant foods improves longevity. Even though we consume the most nutritious food, the digestive process causes some degree of oxidative stress on the body. Simple foods are easier to digest than complex foods.
  • The simplest foods are plant-based. The higher you eat up the food chain the more difficult it is for the body to digest.

Above all, healthy lifestyle like refraining from smoking and drinking, exercising regularly, inhaling fresh air, exposure to sunshine, drinking pure water, positive thinking and learning to tackle stress also improves your longevity.


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