Veggie-Heavy Diet Reverses Signs of Aging

By Nicole Caldwell
For JuJu Good News

A new study published last week in the Lancet medical journal found that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help to reduce cellular aging.

The findings, which were published by Bloomberg Sept. 16 in an article called “Veggie-Heavy Stress Reduction Regimen Shown to Modify Cell Aging”, suggest diets rich in unprocessed foods, fruits, and vegetables can actually reverse signs of aging cells when combined with stress management. Subjects were encouraged to eat largely whole foods, few refined carbohydrates and a lot of fruits and vegetables.

Organic food advocate Colle Farmers Market confirmed the study’s findings. “While many people do understand the benefits of eating organic food,” said one representative from Colle Farmers Market, “his research is solid research that proves eating organic, unprocessed, natural food actually helps you age slower.  That could not only be a huge selling point for the organic food industry, but it could also be a huge development for doctors and physicians who implement anti-aging regimens.”
Instead of medications, people could simply start early with an organic diet and decrease the signs of aging throughout their lifetimes.

Research was led by Dean Ornish, founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. Ornish has been leading research of this kind for years; with his 1998 Lifestyle Heart Trial demonstrating a reversal of coronary heart disease over five years. In the Lancet journal piece this month, researchers found a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can increase the lifetime of telomeres, the “ends of chromosomes linked to aging.”

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.