Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in our diet are thought to accelerate the aging process.
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Advanced glycation end products, AGE’s, appropriately acronymed, as they are considered gerontotoxins, geronto as in gerontology, these are aging toxins, thought to accelerate the aging process, the multisystem decline in anatomic integrity and function. AGE’s crosslink proteins together causing tissue stiffness, oxidative stress and inflammation. In the brain they may contribute to dementia, in the eye cataracts and macular degeneration. In the arteries and heart, hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart failure and stroke, then anemia, kidney disease, osteoporosis and muscle loss.
There are two sources of these toxins. One, we can’t do much about—they’re produced internally as natural waste products of metabolism, but source number 2 is our diet.
Research in the 70’s on rats found that AGE’s weren’t absorbed very well and so dietary sources were dismissed as irrelevant, until 25 years later when we finally tested people, and low and behold, we found that diet-derived AGEs that are absorbed into the bloodstream may represent a major source of chemically and biologically active toxins. and so we should eliminate the foods and modes of cooking associated with the highest AGE content.
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