Eat to live, don’t live to eat. It’s a motto that could keep you slim. And according to the results of a brand new study, it’s also a motto that could be the key to slowing down your aging. It all has to do with specific complex machines located inside your body’s cells called ribosomes.
The research published in the journal Molecular & Cellular Proteomics set out to determine what effect eating less could have on the workload of these ribosomes and how the trickle-down effect could help you stay youthful longer.
What they found means you can start controlling the clock right now…
Staying younger means finding time for the body to make repairs
But first, why were the researchers focused on ribosomes?
Well, to answer that, we’ve got to take a brief look back at our long-forgotten high school biology classes.
These important complexes are vital to protein synthesis and the growth of each and every one of your cells. When they’re running well, your cells are healthy (and yes, young). When they’re overworked or overloaded, the picture’s not so rosy.
This got the research team at Brigham Young University wondering if they could prevent those ribosomes from being overworked, and give them time to do their job and repair your body’s cells — could they also slow down aging?
In fact, senior author of the study and biochemistry professor at Brigham Young, John Price, puts it like this, “The ribosome is a very complex machine, sort of like your car, and it periodically needs maintenance to replace the parts that wear out the fastest. When tires wear out, you don’t throw the whole car away and buy new ones. It’s cheaper to replace the tires.”
So how did they replace those ribosomal tires?
By restricting calories.
The theory was that when calorie consumption is limited, ribosomes don’t have to work so hard. Instead, they’re able to spend time on repair.
But did it work?
You bet it did!
After studying two different groups of mice — one that was allowed to eat as much food as their little hearts desired and one whose calories were cut by 35 percent — the researchers found that the mice that were given less to eat were also the healthiest.
They were more energetic and they suffered from fewer diseases.
That’s a lot of bang from a 35 percent buck!
“And it’s not just that they’re living longer, but because they’re better at maintaining their bodies, they’re younger for longer as well,” said Price.
Feeding your cells
The team says that while the study hasn’t yet been performed in humans, it’s important to remember that what and how much you eat directly affects your body.
The food you eat is far more than just a material to be burned. It’s a signal that tells your body and your cells how to live, how to respond and yes — how to age.
And if you’re wondering if there are any other benefits to calorie-restriction beyond slowing down your ribosomes and your aging, the answer is yes!
Reducing calorie consumption has also been linked to reduced cancer spread, improved cognitive function, healthier skin and thicker hair, and enhanced liver and heart health. So why not protect your health and your youth by following a calorie-restricted diet and eating to live, rather than living to eat?
A fast-mimicking diet is a good way to get started. You can read more about the technique here.
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