The exact opposite of Paleo Diet may be the secret for a longer life, after all.
According to a recent Australian research, a diet that consists of low protein and high carbohydrates
(opposite to the known Paleo Diet) is said to be most effective in stimulating a hormone associated in extending life span and fighting obesity.
Published in the journal Cell Metabolism
, the study illustrated a clear picture of Fibroblast Growth Factor 21’s (FGF21) role which is dubbed as the ‘fountain of youth’ hormone produced mainly in the liver.
Previous studies have discovered that FGF21 helps in moderating metabolism, curbing appetite, extending lifespan, and even improving the immune system. It is currently used as the therapeutic target for diabetes but there is not much information yet on how this hormone is triggered or released in the body.
Researchers at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre
have discovered that diet high in carbohydrate and low in protein are highly effective in boosting FGF21 levels in mice. The study had tested 25 diets that includes carbohydrate, fat, protein, and energy on mice.
Lead author of the study, Dr. Samantha Solon-Biet, said, “despite the popularity of high protein Paleo diets, our research suggests the exact opposite may be best for us as we age — that a low protein, high carbohydrate diet was the most beneficial for late life health and longevity. The nutritional context in which FGF21 is most elevated is dependent on the balance of protein to carbohydrate, and this balance was also shown to be important in how this hormone helps to mediate protein hunger.”