Aging is a natural process every one of us experiences. With aging, the metabolism is progressively altered and physiological changes occur in all organ systems, so there is a need for rational preventive programs of diet and exercise in order to establish a healthy course.
In an effort to provide information on how to delay or reverse some of these changes, pro-plant-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine funded a new paper on how plant-based diets can improve the aging process.
Plant-based diets are associated with better health and longevity.
The article is titled Plant-Based Diets for Healthy Aging and was published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.
A whole-food plant-based containing vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds should allow you to fend off disease more effectively, reduce inflammation, and age slower.
Researchers say that antioxidants from plant foods reduce oxidation and inflammation that cause aging.
Epidemiologic studies consistently show lower disease rates, such as lower incidence of type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Based on these studies, researchers estimated how drastically statistics would change in terms of age-related diseases.
They claim that plant-based diets can significantly reduce the risk of these diseases and can slash the risk of developing metabolic syndrome by almost 50%. Also, it can reduce the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease by more than 50%.
When it comes to mortality rates, numbers can be cut by 40% in case of heart disease events, such as a stroke or heart attack, and by 29% in case of cerebrovascular stroke.
“Modulating lifestyle risk factors and adopting a healthful diet are powerful tools that may delay the aging process, decrease age-associated co-morbidities and mortality, and increase life expectancy.” -highlights the author
Here’s the takeaway: Choose a vegetarian diet and allow yourself to live longer and in better health.