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Does Flying Make You Age Faster?

If you fly a lot, we have some bad news for you. Every time you go up to those high altitudes, you are exposed you to ionizing radiation. That’s the type of radiation that leads to DNA damage and aging. However, there is some good news. A new study says there’s an easy way to protect yourself.

In this study, researchers followed 82 male pilots. They studied the pilots for chromosomal translocations. That’s a biomarker for cumulative DNA damage. The researchers found that the pilots consuming the highest levels of fruit and vegetables didn’t suffer as much damage.

They looked specifically at high vitamin C and E, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, and lutein-zeaxanthin from food sources, such as citrus fruit and green leafy veggies. The pilots eating a high (but not the highest) quantity of these food had about 40% less damage to their DNA. Those consuming the highest level of these foods had even less damage: 73% less.

This is proof of the anti-ageing properties of the Living Foods Diet. Food provides far more natural nutrients than you can get in a bottle. We urge you to increase your consumption of colourful plant foods, and now you know you can protect your DNA by doing so.

Ref: “High dietary antioxidant intakes are associated with decreased chromosome translocation frequency in airline pilots,” Yong LC, Petersen MR, et al, Am J Clin Nutr, 2009 Sept 30

Ann Wigmore’s RECIPES FOR LONGER LIFE provides an abundance of delicious raw foods ideas.