Six new studies published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences found that eating a Mediterranean diet may help slow aging.
A Mediterranean diet is typically one that involves consuming a wide variety of vegetables each day, and eating nuts, seeds, avocado and cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil for a primary source of fat. Consumption of red meat, dairy and processed whole grains are usually minimal, being replaced instead by legumes (such as beans, lentils and peas) and a moderate intake of fish.
A closer look at the studies
The study published by the University of Paris found that subjects who most closely followed the Mediterranean diet had the best odds of meeting healthy aging criteria.
Researchers at the Autonomous University of Madrid also found that closer adherence to the diet was related to a lower likelihood of impairment of physical function in older adults.
A third study, from Washington University in St. Louis, states there is mounting evidence of an effect on five important areas when closely following a Mediterranean diet. These can include a reduction in oxidative stress and inflammation (similar to the effects of MitoQ), modification of growth factors that can promote cancer, and lowering of lipid levels.
The University of Edinburgh found that a Mediterranean diet helps to prevent your brain shrinking as in older age groups. Researchers studied the eating habits of healthy seniors who were given MRIs to measure brain volume at age 73, and again at age 76. Those who closely followed a Mediterranean diet had half the brain loss of those who did not follow the diet.
And a 2018 study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that older people who follow a Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of becoming frail, and those who followed the diet the closest over a 4-year frame were less than half as likely to become frail as those who followed it the least.
The evidence is pretty compelling. By combining a readily bio-available CoQ10 supplement such as MitoQ, that absorbs into the mitochondria hundreds of times more effectively than other CoQ10 supplements, with a healthy Mediterranean diet gives you a greater chance to support healthy aging.