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Delay aging with a diet rich in fish oil, curcumin, magnesium and other natural anti-inflammatories
The more anti-inflammatory nutrients - such as omega-3 fatty acids, curcumin, garlic, ginger and magnesium - you consume, the less fast you'll age. Spanish nutritionists discovered this after doing a study that suggests that a diet with a low dietary inflammatory index delays the shortening of telomere length.
The participants in the study all had in common that they had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. They had high blood pressure or high levels of triglycerides or bad cholesterol in their blood, or they were diabetics.
Dietary inflammatory index
The table below gives you an idea of which factors determine a person's dietary inflammatory index. Where there's a minus sign the component is one that lowers the index.
You can read more about the dietary inflammatory index here.
The researchers divided the participants into three equal-sized groups based on their dietary inflammatory index scores. Left: diet with a low inflammatory score; right: diet with a high inflammatory score.
After five years the researchers got in touch with participants again. They measured whether their dietary inflammatory index had gone up, and divided the participants again into three equal-sized groups, based on these scores.
They then determined the chance of their telomere length having decreased for all three groups. Again they corrected their data for the influence of age, weight, sex, physical exercise and health.
"These findings are consistent with [...] a beneficial effect of adherence to an antiinflammatory diet on aging and health by preventing telomere shortening."