Do you want to look and feel younger? I think everyone does? No matter what your age you can start now by following a healthy diet. Why? To prevent AGEs. I find it funny that to prevent age-related problems you must get rid of “AGE” causing foods.
What are AGEs? The definition given by Wikipedia for AGEs or Advanced Glycation End-Products “are proteins or lipids that become glycated as a result of exposure to sugars.” Glycation is “bonding of a sugar molecule, such as glucose or fructose, to a protein or lipid molecule without the controlling action of an enzyme. Glycation may occur either inside the body (endogenous glycation) or outside the body (exogenous glycation). It is a haphazard process that impairs the functioning of biomolecules, and does not require the expenditure of ATP (the energy-carrying molecule).”
Why is this important to us? According to Healthline.com and the brkleywellness.com websites https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/advanced-glycation-end-products
Many diseases are caused by AGEs in our diets. These diseases are Alzheimers/dementia, diabetes, insulin resistance, Liver, kidney, heart disease, clogging of the arteries, possible blood clots which could lead to strokes as well as diseases of the eyes and possible cause of clouding of the lenses of the eyes.
However, the berkleywellness.com website brings up interesting points about AGE’s. They talk about many unknown facts about AGE’s. Studies have found that high levels of AGE’s can be found in healthy adults as well as in adults with health problems. They pose questions about AGE’s such as do they have any effect on our health, and if they do, which came first the disease or the AGE’s?
Questions about what type of AGE’s affect our health and how should these different types of AGE’s be measured in our foods and our systems are among the types of questions which arise from many of the studies or lack of studies in some forms of AGE’s. On the website https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2016/05/recent-studies-of-advanced-glycation-end-products-in-aging-and-age-related-disease/ it states “Long-lasting persistent AGEs are perhaps more dangerous, however. For one they are far less well studied” They also state that a search of the Home - PubMed - NCBI. shows that next to no studies are being done on the predominant form of persistent AGE which is glucosepane.
However, my research found a number of studies on the New York Academy of Sciences website. https://nyaspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/action/doSearch?AllField=Maillard+Reaction+in+Aging&SeriesKey=17496632 if you are interested in looking at some of the abstracts from these studies you may want to visit this website.
My research on this website found interesting topics related to diabetes, as well as the effect of vitamin C and Vitamin D in relation to AGE’s. And many other related topics.
If you are diabetic lowering your AGE’s in your diet may prove beneficial. Speak with your Dr. and/or a dietitian for advice before making any changes to your diet.
The American Diabetes Association has a list of AGE foods. https://www.diabetesforecast.org/2014/11-nov/foods-high-in-ages.html
The website Inhuman experiment mentions that studies have been done on green tea reduces the formation of AGEs https://inhumanexperiment.blogspot.com/2008/11/green-tea-reduces-formation-of-ages.html
However, this research was done on rats not humans and the links to the studies do not work. Therefore, although it sounds like an interesting study, I would be very careful about relying on it.
The website Healthline has an excellent article about Green Tea. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea
My next blog will be on Green Teas and Matacha. I will talk about the differences, the health benefits and any cautions in using them.