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Calorie Restricted Diets
Calorie restricted diets, backed up by proper supplements, have been shown to extend the lives of laboratory animals. Young animals restricted to 60 per cent of their normal food intake lived up to 50 per cent longer than animals with no food limits. In addition, the animals that are less were much healthier and looked youthful into their old age.
The anti-ageing effects of calorie restriction were discovered as early as 1934, but until recently it wasn't known how this works. However, research has now shown that food restriction retards the aging of the pineal gland.
This is the gland tat produces melatonin, a hormone that greatly influences our health and well-being, and the production of which decreases with age.
Studies done by life insurance companies have shown that, statistically, overweight people have the shortest life span - while those whose weight is just below the average have the longest life span. For more information on nutrition see 'Nutrients A to Z' by Dr Michael Sharon (Prion Books).