The first who publicly declared that food could affect the work of genes was the American dermatologist Nicholas Perricone.
The author of several bestsellers argued that genetic attitudes within the body are not constant. They are amenable to modification during the life of a person. And the most important way to influence them is what we eat.
According to the physician, it is not the number of calories that is important, but the benefits of the nutrients contained in food. Some products are simply pills of youth, able to slow down the aging of the body.
Perricone argues that by adhering to the recommended youth diet, you can look at 40 calmly at 60. Proper nutrition allows the rejuvenation genes to work even at the age when they usually turn off.
Some foods are able to activate the work of anti-aging genes, the researchers said, “We get our own set of genes, having a predisposition to early or late aging, as well as a set of certain diseases,” says the doctor. “But some types of products with regular use can make adjustments to this global plan.”
Many recent studies show that Perricone’s viewpoint is not unfounded. For example, the American nutritionist Brunilda Nazario considers that a diet based on the ideas of Perricone does not contradict the principles of modern dietetics and is quite reasonable.
This way of eating does not imply serious restrictions on products. It only proposes to focus on the regular use of certain types of food that help the body fight aging.
It is about chocolate with the highest cocoa content. Cocoa contains procyanidin B2 – an antioxidant that has phenomenal abilities to protect the body against various infections.
First of all, this substance is beneficial for the skin. Therefore, cocoa is simply necessary for women who want to preserve the freshness of their skin to extreme old age.
Perricone shares the point of view of most nutritionists that salmon and other types of fish that live in cold waters should be eaten regularly.
This fish contains omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, and is also a source of proteins necessary for the body to build tissues. All these three elements are key to rejuvenating the body, since their presence in the diet helps in every way to activate the genes that rejuvenate the body, says Perricone.
This spice not only gives an elegant taste to some dishes and drinks, but is a unique means of prolonging life. Cinnamon regulates blood sugar levels, improves brain function and increases concentration.
Perricone also claims that the antioxidants found in cinnamon can reduce the risk of melanoma. In fact, cinnamon is able to play the same role in the body as watercress – to act as a “switch” of some genes that actively support the work of the immune system.
But be careful when you buying cinnamon, there are a few kinds, mostly at the stores cassia, which is not healthy at all. Seemingly harmless spice has an unpleasant component in the composition – coumarin. According to a study by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Germany (BfR), regular consumption of coumarin in an amount of 0.1 mg per 1 kg of body weight can lead to negative health effects, and the lethal dose of the substance is 275 mg / kg body weight. One teaspoon of cassia contains from 5.8 to 12.1 mg of coumarin, from which it can be seen that even the frequent addition of one teaspoon of cassia to food can be a threat to the health of an adult, let alone children. However, if you occasionally add a pinch of cassia to the apple pie, you can relax, it does not hurt. It is worth noting that there is also coumarin in real cinnamon, but its amount is 18 times less.
In most modern diets mushrooms are absent as a class. It is believed that it is difficult to digest foods that do not have particularly valuable nutritional properties. However, in recent years, research has increasingly shown that certain types of fungi have a beneficial effect on the immune system, improve metabolism and strengthen the liver, Perricone stresses.
In particular, shiitake mushrooms contain many beneficial antioxidants. Popular chanterelles are rich in selenium, which is extremely useful for the kidneys and the genitourinary system. In addition, most species of mushrooms are rich in vitamin D, so they are useful for people who are rarely in the sun.
We have this vegetable of water origin also called priruha. And again – the whole thing in antioxidants, which increase the ability of the immune system to fight infections and harmful substances, oxidizes free radicals, which are the main agents of aging in the body.
In addition, water vegetable is a natural diuretic – a diuretic, capable of removing harmful salts from the body, protecting the kidneys, liver and reducing the load on the cardiovascular system. According to Perricone, the regular use of watercress activates in the body some genes that produce the most important substances for the immune system.
Sage is considered a healing plant for several thousand years, but doctors often treat it with disdain, as with most other means of “traditional medicine.”
Perricone argues that this is not true, but he himself makes adjustments to the traditional attitude to sage, suggesting that it should be eaten regularly not by the herb itself, but by its seeds. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that literally include the rejuvenation genes in the body. In addition, these seeds have a high concentration of vitamin E and calcium, which is necessary for the structure of bone tissue.
Green teas in abundance contain catechins – natural antioxidants that prevent aging and promote weight loss, slowing the absorption of excess fat in the body.
According to this study, regular consumption of green tea accelerates the burning of fat in the body by 15-20%.
Some studies show that green tea is a serious “switch” for genes that can protect against cancer. For example, breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.
Also, green tea rejuvenates the skin and improves brain function.
The only of alcoholic beverages, which is recommended for regular use. It’s all about resveratrol – an active enzyme that slows down the deposition of fat in the body, blocking fat cell receptors.
In addition, resveratrol, according to some recent studies, can prevent many diseases of the cardiovascular system and even cancer.
One of the key elements in the fight against obesity. Ginger contains essential oils that stimulate the production of gastric juice and improve digestion. Due to this, the body spends more energy and burns fat cells.
Also, some studies show that regular use of ginger improves skin condition.
And according to this study, two grams of ginger a day is enough to lower blood sugar by 20%. In other words, ginger helps to resist diabetes.
The benefits of grapefruit have long been proven and can not be doubted. New research only complements the previously obtained data and show that grapefruit is even underestimated. It is strongly not only and not so much in the high content of vitamin C, as in the ability to regulate the level of insulin in the blood.
And the bitter membranes that many emit are actually needed to eat along with the pulp – it is in them that naringin is contained – an antioxidant that promotes fat burning in the body and the output of excess bile.