I just wanted to make a quick post highlighting some relatively new studies I’ve just read supporting the anti-ageing benefits of a whole food plant-based lifestyle. The research indicates that a diet high in vegetables and fruits significantly slows down telomere shortening while inclusion of meats and refined oils accelerates telomere shortening.
Telomeres are chromosome-protective caps made up of lengths of DNA. Each time a cell divides telomere length is slightly reduced. Once the telomeres become too short to maintain proper protection (or disappear altogether i.e. cell death), chromosomes become more susceptible to genetic damage. Read more . . .