I recently attended a 2-day nutrition seminar to learn about the latest science on healthy ageing from several of the world’s top ageing experts. I feel extremely inspired to share with you all what I learned.
1) Calorie restriction pros and cons
One of the most interesting topics was “Does caloric restriction extend lifespan?” For me the answer was obvious: only sometimes when we deal with an body excessive fat accumulation. On the other hand, inevitable ageing muscle loss might be exacerbated due to calorie restrictions. Muscle sarcopenia starts from age 30 and getting more severe with every next decade of life. Being aware of statistics related to bone problems our primary purpose after 40 y.o. is to prevent muscle degradation as much as possible in order to protect skeletal corset. Logically speaking, we have no choice to ignore careful control of protein consumption. Regular resistance training is also highly recommended 3-4 time a week.
Dark chocolate is loaded with goodness. Cacao is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that dark chocolate (i prefer sugar free options) can improve health and lower the risk of many diseases.
1. Micro elements boost
I am talking now about 80-100% high quality preferably sugar free dark chocolate.
100g bar contains:
11 grams of fiber.
67% of the RDA for Iron.
58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
89% of the RDA for Copper.
98% of the RDA for Manganese.
It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
Apparently, 100 grams (3.5 ounces) is a pretty large portion (about 600 calories).
Consume it in moderation. 1-3 little pieces with your morning or lunch coffee will be enough to treat yourself.
2. Antioxidant miracle
Dark chocolate has one or the highest ORAC (stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, a measure of the antioxidant activity of foods).
Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavan...