“Mild caloric restriction is beneficial to everybody. My experience is that those who eat 30% less than average have the heart function of adults 16 years younger”
Dr. Luigi Fontana, Washington University, after studying CR volunteers for 6 years.
How do you trigger the primordial gene that regulates nutrients and helps you live long?
Eat less, and the body overcompensates genetic expression, causes metabolic adaptations, reduces chronic disease risk factors and burns more fat – even when CR is started in mid-life. The body has less fuel, which activates sirtuin protein enzymes, which boosts the rate of cell repair and dramatically slows the aging process.
Does it work on humans?
YES. Cornaro voluntarily restricted his food intake and lived to age 102 in the 1400s (1464-1566). During World War II, Scandinavians ate 20% less and had a significant decrease in heart disease. Dr. Maoshing Ni, a 38th-generation longevity doctor, examined the diets of 100 centenarians and found that under-eating was common. Eighteen members of the CR Society were compared to 18 healthy people eating the modern diet. The CR 18 scored higher on all major heart disease risk factors with 40% less arterial plaque.
Walk all day, for days and eat nothing
In the famous 1985 ‘Biosphere Project’ the participants ran out of food in their sealed environment so ended up living on 1,800 calories per day. Within 6 months the benefits were; blood pressure levels of healthy 10 year olds, body fat levels of serious athletes, every single aging measure of blood, lipid, arteries and the immune system improved, their weight fell 14% with dramatic improvements in cholesterol, blood sugar and insulin, and one participant said “Headaches and colds are all gone; most of us seem to be able to do with about 2 hours less sleep per night and I’ve got a general sense of wellbeing which I never had before”.
National Academy Sciences Six-Year Human CR Study
Elderly people had improved blood fat profiles, lower body fat, and a reduced level of C – reactive protein (a measure of inflammation), an improvement in memory and decreased levels of degenerative brain disease of all types. The CALERIE Human Trial (Comprehensive Assessment of Long-term Effects of Restricted Intake of Energy) found participants had reduced insulin levels, decreased RNA/DNA damage, increased cellular resistance to stress proteins and improved triglyceride and liver-function markers.
Japanese women’s life expectancy is 86, with 1.5% obesity, and very low sickness. They eat about 30% less than US women. US women’s life expectancy is barely 80 (and dropping), with nearly 40% obesity, and 30 years of pain, drugs and disease from age 40 onwards.
Which would you choose?
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.