If you want to live longer, you may want to get rid of high protein, low carbohydrate diet.
New research by scientists at the University of Charles Perkins Centre Sydney suggests a low-protein diet is the most effective way to extend life and could even help in the battle against obesity and type 2 diabetes
Such a diet stimulates the production of growth hormone fibroblast factor of 21, the hormone called “fountain of youth”, produced mainly in the liver, the researchers say.
Previous research has shown that FGF21 is greatly influenced by diet and high levels of this hormone actually been shown to play an important role in reducing appetite, moderate metabolism, and improved immune system and insulin production.
Lead author Dr. Samantha Solon-Biet says the study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism has painted a very clear picture that low protein, high carbohydrate diets are the most effective in increasing hormone in mice.
Mice that had elevated levels of FGF21 lived much longer, says Dr. Solon-Biet.
The findings go against the common assumption that restricting carbohydrates is better for overall health.
“Despite the popularity of high protein diets ‘Paleo’, our research suggests the exact opposite may be better for us as we age – a low-protein, high-carbohydrate diet was the most beneficial for end of life, health and longevity, “said Dr. Solon-Biet.
Because FGF21 in humans respond in the same way it does in mice, it means that these data could be used to adapt nutritional diets and guidelines to generate the maximum metabolic effects of this hormone, he added.
“The beauty of our study is that although we can use drugs to increase FGF21, we demonstrated that can be used as easily diet to increase levels of this hormone without using invasive procedures.”
said maybe we should not steering away from carbs or demonize them as much as we have done in the last 20 or 30 years as it became increasingly evident that the low-protein, high-carbohydrate diet improved by lot of aspects of health -life afternoon.
Australian Associated Press