It was reported that famous Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León was in search of the Fountain of Youth when he traveled to Florida in 1513.
But perhaps all he had to do was go vegan!
Research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense found that following a plant-based diet for just three months can significantly increase telomeres and help to slow or reverse the aging process.
What are telomeres and what is their function?
Telomeres are DNA-protein structures that form protective caps at the end of eukaryotic chromosomes. They constitute the safeguards of chromosome degradation and are responsible for maintaining genomic integrity.
Vegans and Youth
Over time, your skin loses its volume and its youthfulness. A vegan diet tends to be higher in antioxidants and other nutrients that have anti-inflammatory properties. These are linked to better health and brighter, more glowing skin.
The Power of E
(Nope not “E” (Eric Murphy) from Entourage). We’re talking about Vitamin E. This powerful vitamin has benefits for your heart, skin, eyes, brain, and may even help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. A diet high in grains, nuts, and dark leafy greens is full of Vitamin E.
This is also the diet of Vegans.
Plant foods on average have 64 times the antioxidant content of animal foods! So a vegan diet focused on whole foods is likely to have many more antioxidants than the Standard American Diet. (Source)
Vegans likely age slower than meat-eaters on average. Studies show people eating more vegetables get fewer wrinkles. Antioxidants from plant foods also reduce the oxidation and inflammation behind aging. However, vegans eating a diet high in refined carbs may not experience anti-aging benefits.
Eating more whole plants foods—veggies, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds— are proving to create a stronger immune system, less inflammation, and slower aging.
Vegan Diet Reverse Aging