THE PROFESSOR VALTER LONGO AND THE MEAL PLAN OF THE FASTING MIMICKING DIET
The professor Valter Longo has recently been invited to the TV show “Presa Diretta” (if you want to watch the full interview video click on https://www.facebook.com/ProLonEurope/). During this interview, different aspects of nutrition and diets were discussed, adopted as a lifestyle to improve health, as well as the most important aspects of the various functionalities of the FMD (Fasting Mimicking Diet), result of scientific research, could have on the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.
Let’s go through some of them:
FIRST POINT: SMART RESTRICTION OF CALORIES
Firstly, the Professor emphasizes the importance of establishing a controlled caloric restriction diet. It deals with a meal program in which it is essential to measure the level of certain components. Deprivation of certain nutrients or even the adoption of an “extreme” diet often does not produce the desired effects and, in some cases, can be very dangerous for our body. Practicing a fasting simulation eating food is really a clever choice!
SECOND POINT: FASTING MIMICKING DIET AND ITS PRINCIPLES
The studies conducted by Professor Valter Longo led to the creation of a dietary protocol simulating the effects of fasting, hence the name Fasting Mimicking Diet. The diet mimicking fasting can be considered as a therapy whose purpose is precisely to reactivate the regenerative principles of the body.
The Fasting Mimicking Diet was first tested on animal models. Its application has shown how the body is able to “self-repair” by replacing damaged cells, while preserving young and functional cells.
THIRD POINT: THE FASTING MIMICKING DIET AND THE EXPERIMENTATION ON PATHOLOGIES
The first studies were carried out on laboratory mice to determine their positive effects in diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Each Fasting Mimicking Diet cycle could destroy a harmful autoimmune component, enhancing the regeneration of damaged cells. In 50% of mice, the symptoms of multiple sclerosis lowered significantly and in 20% of them, they decreased. Although it still being tested, a pilot study led subsequently on patients suffering from multiple sclerosis revealed improvements in life and health quality of the latters. These improvements have also been reported for diseases such as diabetes or other neurodegenerative diseases.
FOURTH POINT: PROTEINS
The difference between the Fasting Mimicking Diet and the Diet of Longevity (of which Professor Longo gives many illustrations in his first book), is the daily protein intake. According to Professor Longo’s studies, high protein consumption activates the hormone lGF1, a growth hormone involving aging and therefore the outbreak of diseases associated with it. However, when we talk about proteins, we must pay attention to the beneficial ones to our body and the harmful ones! Professor Longo prefers vegetables, whose sources are legumes, whole grains and dried fruits, to the animal proteins, which undoubtedly involve the outbreak of diseases.
The research conducted by Professor Valter Longo is constantly evolving. A healthy and balanced diet can therefore improve our quality of life. Moreover, we cannot exclude the possibility of applying FMD in the future, in combination with conventional treatments, for the treatment of some pathologies.
Prolon, in collaboration with Professor Valter Longo, has developed a 5-day food kit, which is clinically tested and easy-to-use that enables to follow the fasting mimicking diet.
Article written by: Francesca Florenzo
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