Vegetarian diet: an elixir of life against aging

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Vegetarian diet against aging. The vegetarian diet is a cure-all against aging. This is confirmed by new scientific research, which has studied the effects of nutrition on the body in the presence of tumors. Today, Tuesday 1 October 2013, is World Vegetarian Day, which opens the sixth World Vegetarian Week, which will end on 7 October.



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La Vegetarian diet is a cure-all againstaging and those who decide to eliminate meat from their diet live longer. This is confirmed by new scientific research, which has studied the effects of nutrition on the body in the presence of tumors. Today, Tuesday October 1, 2013, and the World Vegetarian Day, which opens the sixth World Vegetarian Week, which will end on 7 October.



The vegetarian diet and health related study was conducted by a team of Californian doctors. Experts got involved in the research 10 patients affected by prostate cancer. The volunteers were placed on a vegetarian diet. The diet followed influenced the chromosomes, with particular reference to the telomeres, of the filaments from whose length the progress of aging can be determined.

Because of aging processes, telomeres tend to shorten, until they are completely consumed and cause cell death. Thanks to the vegetarian diet, this process it was not only blocked, but made reversible. In fact, in the patients who had followed the vegetarian diet, the telomeres were stretched by 30% in just 3 months, while in the subjects who had formed the control group, made up of those who did not follow a vegetarian diet, the length of the telomeres had not undergone any change.

Here, then, is a new scientific proof of how our food choices can concretely affect our state of health. The positive change seen on telomeres occurred in patients with prostate cancer, but doctors are convinced that the same effects may also affect the healthy patients.

The researchers therefore underline the anti-aging effects of a vegetarian diet based on plant-based foods and recommend combining it with a healthy eating, the regular exercise, to be carried out at least for 30 minutes a day.

The results of the Californian study that flank the same conclusions reached by a similar research conducted by Loma linda university were published in the journal The Lancet Oncology.



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