No Sugar, Sweet Life

New research claims kicking your sugar addiction could help you live a more healthful life. Reuters reports:
They found that restricting glucose -- a simple sugar found in foods such as sweets that is a primary source of energy for the body -- set off a process that extended the life span of some worms by up to 25 percent.

The key was boosting the level of "free radicals" -- unstable molecules that can damage the body and which people often try to get rid of by consuming food or drinks rich in anti-oxidants such as vitamin E, they said in a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

Restricting glucose first spurred the worms to generate more free radicals, but then they quickly built up long-lasting defenses against them, said Michael Ristow, an endocrinologist at the University of Jena and the German Institute of Human Nutrition, who led the study.
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Ivan - October 3, 2007 1:53 PM

I think it is good article as well, not only for the reasons that are brought up in this blog, but also for what was left out in your quoting of the article. Case in point,

"The study also for the first time points to a possible reason why antioxidants -- long thought to promote health -- might do more harm than good, Ristow said."

Furthermore, "'However, antioxidants and vitamins given to some worms erased these benefits by neutralizing free radicals and preventing the body from generating the defenses,' Ristow said.

'These latter findings tentatively suggest that the widespread use of antioxidants as human food supplements may exert undesirable effects,' the researchers wrote."

So, what do you make of these antioxidant suspicions? Is there any other studies that may support this hypothesis and are antioxidants all they are cracked up to be? Can't wait for your response! Ivan

Michael - October 3, 2007 5:44 PM

I imagine antioxidants in pill form would not have the same effect as anti-oxidants present in natural foods like fruits and vegetables.

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