Foods that Fuel Anti-Aging

Founder of MD Longevity and Anti-Aging Expert, Dr. Ann J Peters, shares how key foods impact aging.

The top Anti-Aging foods Dr. Ann Peter’s recommends are packed with antioxidants.  Foods including berries will help you age successfully.   The darker or bluer varieties berries, such as blueberries or blackberries, have the highest antioxidants.  A study published in the Annals of Neurology determined that eating blueberries or strawberries consistently will help prevent mental decline as we grow older.

The antioxidant compounds found in Green Tea, called “polyphenols”, give it a bitter taste but offer more antioxidants than some vitamin C.  Green Tea has been used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine to aid in digestion and to prevent heart disease for decades.   However, Dr. Peters warns about the sugary Green Tea soft drinks on the market today ann j. peters,dr ann peters,dr. ann j. peters,md,md longevity ann j. peters md & dr. ann peters,md longevity reviewsand recommends the old-fashioned brew.  She also notes that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “does not consider it appropriate to fortify snack foods like carbonated beverages” and advises patients not to purchase these.  In addition to the antioxidants Green Tea offers, there is research that it may also lower cholesterol and prevent several types of cancers such as bladder, breast, ovarian, and colon cancer.

Fish, including salmon, herring, tuna, sardines, are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids.  Eating these types of fish will help prevent heart disease and can fight inflammation.  Dr. Peters recommends fish because it reduces mortality rates, especially in people who have had a heart attack.  Since fish is high in protein and low in saturate fat it is much better than other types of meat.  The American Heart Association recommends fish for your heart health and believes omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats).  Dr. Peters warns that some fish, like shark, swordfish, contain higher levels of mercury and other environmental contaminants.  Shrimp, salmon, canned light tuna, and catfish have lower levels of mercury and for seniors, the benefits far outweigh the potential risk of mercury in fish.

Red wine is good for your heart.  It is high in antioxidants and an anti-aging component called resveratrol.  According to a Harvard study, resveratrol reduces blood clots, decreases inflammation, and possess anti-cancer properties.

We know vegetables are good for our health, but recent studies show there is more to this idea and that consuming more vegetables high in antioxidants will help maintain our memory as we age.  Vegetables high in vitamins such as vitamin A, K, C, and E (i.e. broccoli, carrots, spinach, asparagus, and kale) cooked or raw, are rich in antioxidants.

Olive Oil also contains polyphenols. Researchers believe the benefits of olive oil included memory improvement, digestive health, and in skin care if used topically.

Yogurt contains “friendly bacteria,” or probiotics that are naturally present in the digestive system. It also contains protein and calcium.

Dark Chocolate, with its cocoa falavonols, is on the list because it offers significant anti-cancer properties as well.  Animal Studies have shown the compounds in cocoa can improve the cognitive abilities of older animal and increase their lifespan.

Dr. Peter’s says “The old saying…”the better you eat, the better you will feel” is a scientific fact”, and that “by including Yogurt, Olive Oil, Fish, Berries, Leafy Vegetables, Green Tea, Wine and Chocolate into your diet you are sure to not only enjoy your meal but benefit from it”.

About Dr. Ann J Peters: 
Dr. Ann J Peters specializes in anti-aging therapies, natural hormone optimization, low glycemic and anti-inflammatory nutrition and maintaining ideal body composition. Her goal is to help clients look, feel and live longer and healthier lives by delaying, preventing and reversing the signs and symptoms of aging. She attained her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Peters completed her medical internships and fellowships at Cornell Medical Center, New York, Harvard School of Public Health and Ospadali Galleria in Genoa, Italy. She is affiliated with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, European Academy of Quality of Life and Longevity Medicine, and the International Hormone Society For more information, please visit: http://www.drannjpeters.com/. You may also follow her on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Dr. Ann J Peters on the Importance of Telomeres

I recommend telomere length assessment for my paitents as a way to measure cellular aging.  This article is from Life Length. the first company in the world to make Telomere Analysis Technology (TAT), developed by Dr. Maria Blasco, current Director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), available to individuals on a commercial basis.

“Telomeres are specialized structures on the ends of chromosomes that protect them from fusions and degradation in this way ensuring cell viability. Telomere loss, however, occurs as a natural result of normal DNA replication.

  • Telomeres protect chromosomes against degradation, fusion, and rearrangements during DNA replication
  • Telomeres preserve the integrity of chromosomes by allowing the complete replication of the ends of chromosomal DNA through the activity of the enzyme telomerase
  • Telomeres facilitate the correct positioning of the chromosomes within the nucleus for replication

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In mammalian cells, telomeres are composed of tandem repeats of the TTAGGG sequence that span10 to 15 kilobases and the various proteins that bind to this region.

During DNA replication, the terminal end of the telomere is not replicated resulting in the continual shortening of telomeres losing TTAGGG repeats.

The average number of base pairs lost per year varies depending upon both genetic and environmental factors.

Eventually, the telomeres shorten to a critical length resulting in chromosomal instability and loss of cell viability.”

Knowing the length of a person’s telomeres allows a better understanding and treatment for the individual’s cellular health and anti-aging process.

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About Dr. Peters:  Dr. Peters medical practice is focused on anti-aging and longevity with offices in San Francisco, New York and Palm Beach.  Helping clients look, feel and live longer and better by delaying, preventing and reversing the signs and symptoms of aging. She received the most prestigious cosmopolitan education around the world.  A graduate with a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), she completed her medical internships and fellowships at Cornell Medical Center, New York, Harvard School of Public Health and Ospadali Galleria in Genoa, Italy.  She is a past scholar of Leopold Schlep Foundation, and the Organization of American States (OAS), New York.

Her medical affiliations include American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, European Academy of Quality of Life and Longevity Medicine and the International Hormone Society. Board Certified with the American Academy of Family Physicians, she is a diplomat with the American Board of Family Practice and an award-recognized physician from Harvard School of Public Health.

For more information on Dr. Peters go to http://www.mdlongevity.com

 

 

MD Longevity Review: Why is your body pH important?

pH of gastric juices need to be at a certain level to break down the foods we eat, such as proteins, starches, sugars into micro-nutrients we need to survive.

pH is influenced by numerous factors, one being strongly related to bacterial release of organic acids and ammonia in the gut.

Test for the right stomach ph… breath test- lactulose test. When someone has GERD or gastro-esophageal reflux disease –it should not automatically be assumed that the cause is over-abundance of stomach acid, probably the opposite.

Proton pump inhibitors, e.g. Prilosec, “the purple pill” is over prescribed and can do more harm that good because it lowers or destroys the normal stomach pH. What’s worst is that when one tries to come off it or wean off, there is a terrible backlash or rebound, where one can experience even more pain or discomfort. It needs to be weaned off very slowly.

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Source:   http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6243/How-to-Balance-Your-pH-to-Heal-Your-Body.html

About Dr. Peters:  Dr. Peters medical practice is focused on anti-aging and longevity.  Helping clients look, feel and live longer and better by delaying, preventing and reversing the signs and symptoms of aging.  She received the most prestigious cosmopolitan education around the world.  A graduate with a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), she completed her medical internships

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and fellowships at Cornell Medical Center, New York, Harvard School of Public Health and Ospadali Galleria in Genoa, Italy.  She is a past scholar of Leopold Schlep Foundation, and the Organization of American States (OAS), New York.

Her medical affiliations include American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, European Academy of Quality of Life and Longevity Medicine and the International Hormone Society. Board Certified with the American Academy of Family Physicians, she is a diplomat with the American Board of Family Practice and an award-recognized physician from Harvard School of Public Health.

MD Longevity Review – Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine is a movement that is now “the single biggest game changing idea in health care”.  ”Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership.”  Although it was just an idea without a movement twenty years ago, now more than 100,000 practitioners from 73 countries recognise the principles and practices of functional medicine.  Practitioners from 46 countries and one-fifth of faculty from every

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medical school in America have attended the foundational training course, Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice. This month a major milestone will be met when the first participants in IFM’s Functional Medicine Certification Program will complete their training.

Some very exciting initiatives have come from this unprecedented exposure: Corporations including Google, American Express, and Twitter are exploring the whole-systems approach of functional medicine. Leaders in medicine at major insurers, such as CIGNA, are considering how they can incorporate functional medicine in to pilot projects for chronic disease. Faith-based communities are including functional medicine models in their teaching and the Veteran’s Administration is exploring research programs.  With the support of 12 Senators, Medicare will pilot a program to lower premiums for participants in intensive lifestyle treatment programs.   Functional medicine courses are being introduced to Residencies and medical school programs.

Even our government medical leaders are impressed:  ”In 2009, the US Senate invited testimony on health reform, where functional medicine was brought to the attention of key policymakers”.  Other discussions with legislative leaders and staff followed that opportunity and have been very productive.  ”Senator Harkin now keeps a copy of the Textbook of Functional Medicine in his Senate office”  Later, IFM’s white paper, 21st Century Medicine: A New Model for Medical Education and Practice, was published and received wide spread critical acclaim.

Due to health care reform legislation passage in 2010, the National Council on Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health was created and has an advisory group with leaders in functional medicine. “Other leading authorities in integrative medicine, such as Mehmet Oz, MD, cite functional medicine as a major influence on their thinking”

As the understanding of the benefits of Functional Medicine grow, so will improved health.

About Dr. Peters:  Dr. Peters medical practice is focused on anti-aging and longevity.  Helping clients look, feel and live longer and better by delaying, preventing and reversing the signs and symptoms of aging.  She received the most prestigious cosmopolitan education around the world.  A graduate with a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), she completed her medical internships and fellowships at Cornell Medical Center, New York, Harvard School of Public Health and Ospadali Galleria in Genoa, Italy.  She is a past scholar of Leopold Schlep Foundation, and the Organization of American States (OAS), New York.

Her medical affiliations include American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, European Academy of Quality of Life and Longevity Medicine and the International Hormone Society. Board Certified with the American Academy of Family Physicians, she is a diplomat with the American Board of Family Practice and an award-recognized physician from Harvard School of Public Health.

Source: http://www.functionalmedicine.org