For many people food is inextricably linked to emotion, and in particular stress and depression. It’s common for people to reach for comfort foods such as macaroni and cheese, cookies and ice cream when the chips are down.
Chances are you’ve heard about the mega health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. These polyunsaturated fats, which play a crucial role in cell function, are also helpful in reducing harmful inflammation that can be a harbinger to heart disease. What’s more, omega-3s have also been found to decrease triglyceride levels and blood pressure and may help to prevent fatal heart arrhythmias.
Anti-aging is first and foremost about stopping premature aging and illness. Our goal at Juvenon is to add 5 quality years of health to 1,000,000 people’s lives. So to reach our goal, we took a look at what makes people sick. A landmark study, led by researchers from Harvard, published a report called The Preventable Causes of Death in the United States: Comparative Risk Assessment of Dietary, Lifestyle, and Metabolic Risk Factors and here’s what they found. First, don’t smoke, or if you do, quit smoking. But everyone knows that! But surprisingly, grouped together, the largest risk factors are called “metabolic syndrome.” These are highlighted in the table below, and make up 46% of the preventable deaths or 914,000 deaths per year. About twice the number deaths caused by smoking! Annual U.S. Preventable Deaths by Risk Factor Tobacco smoking 467,000 High blood pressure 395,000 Overweight–obesity (high BMI) 216,000 Physical inactivity 191,000 High blood glucose 190,000 High LDL cholesterol 113,000 High dietary salt (sodium) 102,000 Low dietary omega-3 fatty acids (seafood) 84,000 High dietary trans fatty acids 82,000 Alcohol use 64,000 Low intake of fruits and vegetables 58,000 Low dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) 15,000 Total 1,977,000 Total of …
The goal, for most of us, is a long, healthy life. Genetics clearly play a significant role, but environmental factors are, perhaps, equally important in determining longevity and health. Although, for the moment, our genetic make-up is beyond our control, we can influence our lifespan with our diet and daily routine.