Do any longevity foods exist and what are they?

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We’d like to know if you think longevity foods exist, and if so, what they are? We’re launching a blog competition to explore this area. Share your thoughts about this question by posting a reply to this blog and you could win the new Kindle 3G Wireless.

We’re not looking for long lengthy explanations – instead short blog comments addressing the issue and explaining your thoughts. Whether you work in industry, academia, or government we’d like to hear from you.

The competition will be judged by members of the Food & Function team: Professor Gary Williamson Editor-in-Chief; Professor Cesar G. Fraga, Associate Editor; Professor Steven Feng Chen, Associate Editor and Sarah Ruthven, Managing Editor.

This is your chance to engage with other members of the food science community and open up an interesting discussion.

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  • This competition is not open to RSC Staff members.
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6 Responses to “Do any longevity foods exist and what are they?”

  1. Kuniyasu Soda says:

    Polyamine is the nutritional element that help prolong longevity. Polyamine suppresses protein (LFA-1) involved in the inflammation. Long term continuous intake of high polyamine food increase blood polyamine concentration and suppress LFA-1. Soybean, nuts, and bran and germ of grain are those containing much polyamine. And Mediterranean diet is associated with increased polyamine concentration. Polyamine rich food is the food that prolong longevity I consider.

  2. Tory Parker says:

    The unique combination of antioxidants, primarily phenolic compounds, found in fruit best promote longevity. Sugar and fat consumption causes postprandial oxidation, which damages cells, particularly in the cardiovascular system, every time we eat. Consuming fruit as your dessert counteracts this effect, protecting the heart, preventing atherosclerosis and the risk of stroke. A wide variety of fruit throughout the day ensures the widest number of phenolic compound families; no one fruit will do the job. Thus you should consume a wide variety of fruit for the broadest protection, ensuring a long life!

  3. No. But there is an Air Force completely synthetic diet. Totally. It’s good for at least one year as of ~1975. However, they missed one or two essentials back then. So, try adding organic Canadian Flax oil with Selenium supplementation. Heaven forbid if you have to calculate all your minerals and vitamins needed, as well as the supplementary individual indispensable amino acids to the other stuffings you might prefer. Take with distilled water or green tea.
    Another approach is to eat all you want every other day, so long as you fast every day other. Live as long as reduced calorie rats as it may also work on discerning humans. It’s like gobble information one day, then starve yourself unto knowledge the next by digesting it.

  4. S.Tilghman Hawthorne says:

    Certainly, particularly when you consider the lengthy list of foods (i.e. preparations) that counter that. We have created so many “non-foods” today that it’s difficult for consumers to understand what is actually good for them. The medical community is NOT well versed in what one should or should not eat and leave their patients floundering in a sea of nutritional chaos.
    Education is key as is getting retailers to join in with promoting more healthy eating.
    THEN we can pave the way to this concept.

  5. Nigel Atkinson says:

    Repeat after me: avoid drawing bold conclusions from reductionism. In particular avoid anyone who tells you that nutrient X will make you live longer. If only because a little later someone else (or maybe the same person / newspaper / TV channel) will tell you that nutrient X is really, really bad for you. Not that an understanding of the biochemistry, physiology, etc of individual nutrients isn’t important. It is, but we need to bear in mind how difficult these studies are when looking at the whole body, and that how things work in the lab is probably a lot more complicated that how they work in life.
    Nutrition is more than just food. It’s about lifestyle, and anyone who isn’t clear about this might want to take a step back from the biochemistry for a bit, and read the Marmot Report into UK health inequalities. (www.marmotreview.org) Nutrition is a key factor, but it is part of a bigger picture. Marmot argues convincingly that income is the most important factor, and that inequalities start to impact even before birth and accumulate through life.
    Of course, we knew this from biochemistry, going right back to the “Dutch Mothers”. Living in starvation conditions after WW2, it was no surprise that these women gave birth to underweight children. What was a surprise was when, 20 to 30 years later, the prevalence of underweight continued with their grandchildren. This was linked to lack of B Vitamins in the diet, and ultimately led to the new science of epigenetics – linking nutrition to gene expression.
    Treatment of the “Dutch Mothers” after the famine, also led to the first identification of gluten intolerance.
    We need to look at the problems from perspectives ranging from biochemistry to whole population studies. The insights that will arise may eventually allow us to address the “how can I live longer” question. To achieve this we need people who can step back, from whatever their speciality is, and look at the big picture.
    At least, that’s what I tell my students.

  6. Lyndsey Fairweather says:

    Congratulations go to Tory Parker who has been selected as our blog competition winner. Tory’s post raised some interesting points and the competition prize (a 3G kindle) is now on route to Tory. Many thanks go to all who submitted a post – a wide range of interesting points were raised and these contributed to a stimulating discussion.

    Lyndsey Fairweather
    Marketing Campaign Manager

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