People who have been living a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, whole grains, legumes and olive oils appears have reported improvement in their overall well-being, as if their aging process is being slowed down.
The good news, that kind of diet, the Mediterranean Diet is now backed by scientific study to have biological markers of slow aging, suggested the regimen may significantly prolong your life.
Immaculata De Vivo from the Harvard Medical School and colleagues studied around 4, 675 women and discovered that the telomeres, the very small structures found at the ends of the chromosomes in our cell of those women who are in Mediterranean diet appears to be degrading (getting shorter) slowly.
“In this large study, greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet was connected with longer telomeres, ” professionals wrote in their study. “These results further support the advantages of adherence to the Mediterranean diet intended for promoting health and longevity. ”
The telomeres are disposable buffers at the ends of chromosomes which are truncated during cell division; their presence protects the genes before them on the chromosome from getting truncated instead. Over time, because of each cell division, the telomere ends become shorter. It is a great indicator of a cell’s age.
The strong connection between Mediterranean diet and slow aging is undeniable, even though it may not prove causation. The researchers point to the high amount of antioxidants present in the components of Mediterranean diet (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and olive oils) as the primary reason for the diet’s result. Antioxidants in general reduce inflammation and oxidative stress connected with many chronic diseases.
De Vivo moreover clarified that the diet doesn’t reverse the aging process, it just slows it.