What is the “longevity” regimen, and will it really make you live longer?

You might have heard of the Longevity Food regimen, and its promise to increase life – however what precisely is it and is it completely different from different diets that promote good well being?

The Longevity Food regimen is a set of consuming suggestions compiled by biochemist Walter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute on the College of Southern California. He’s identified for his analysis on the position of fasting, the impact of vitamins in your genes and the way they will have an effect on ageing and illness danger.

Whereas the extended-release food regimen was aimed on the aged, additionally it is beneficial for younger adults. Longo mentioned he plans to reside to 120 by following the food regimen.

So what does the food regimen appear to be?

Meals on this food regimen are greens, together with leafy greens, fruits, nuts, beans, olive oil, and seafood, that are low in mercury.

So many of the meals within the Longevity Food regimen are plant-based. Plant-based diets are usually excessive in nutritional vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and antioxidants, and low in saturated fat and salt, which ends up in well being advantages.

Meals that aren’t beneficial are extra meat and dairy merchandise, and people excessive in processed sugar and saturated fats.

For individuals who don’t want to not eat dairy merchandise, the Lengthy Life Food regimen advises switching from cow’s milk to goat’s milk or sheep’s milk, which include barely completely different vitamins. However there’s little proof that sheep and goat milk present extra well being advantages.

Together with fermented dairy merchandise (akin to cheese and yogurt) in your food regimen, as beneficial within the long-life food regimen, is useful as a result of it supplies a extra widespread microbiome (good micro organism) than any milk.

A woman with blue nail polish picks up a pink frozen donut from a box of several donuts
The food regimen recommends that folks preserve a wholesome weight, maybe by slicing again on snacks, particularly meals excessive in saturated fats, salt or sugar.(Pixels: Andres Ayrton)

Have you ever seen this food regimen earlier than?

A lot of you might acknowledge this as a well-known consuming sample. It’s just like the Mediterranean food regimen, particularly since they each include olive oil as the popular oil. The Mediterranean food regimen is strengthened and supported by a big physique of proof for selling well being, decreasing illness danger, and selling longevity.

The Longevity Food regimen can also be just like lots of the nationwide, evidence-based dietary pointers, together with the Australian Dietary Tips.

Two-thirds of the meals beneficial within the Australian Dietary Tips come from plant meals (grains, cereals, legumes, beans, vegetables and fruit). The rules additionally present plant-based options to protein (akin to dried beans, lentils, and tofu) and dairy merchandise (akin to soy milk, yogurt, and cheese, so long as they’re fortified with calcium).

intermittent fasting

One other facet of the longevity food regimen is outlined fasting durations, often called intermittent fasting. The food regimen requires consuming inside a 12-hour time-frame, and never consuming for 3 to 4 hours earlier than bedtime.