Sirtfood Diet History

Sirtfood Diet History

sirtuinsWhat is a sirtuin and how is it linked with calorie restriction?

Sirtuins are a group of genes that are involved in the regulation of lifespans of organisms. These are housekeeping genes. In other words, they are responsible for the repair and maintenance of cells.

In mammals they are 7 of them: SIRT1-7. They regulate cellular energy, cell death, aging, inflammation etc.

Early research demonstrated that calorie restriction (restricting intake by 60-70% of the regular calorie intake) extended the life of rodents. Similar findings were reported in a number of species including primates.

One of the most important findings in these studies was the association of increased sirtuins and extension of lifespan due to calorie restriction. Therefore the activation of sirtuins is associated with longevity and thought to be a secret to the ‘fountain of youth’.

SIRT1 is also known as ‘skinny gene’ as it regulates fat storage and metabolism.

Scientists then started looking for dietary elements that could activate sirtuin. That is how Sirtfoods were identified. It is felt that these foods mimic the activity of fasting, calorie restriction and exercise and thus can speed up weight loss and promote health.

Lovage -A Sirtfood With Benefits

Lovage -A Sirtfood With Benefits

lovageLovage, a member of the parsley family, is a widely-used herb in parts of Europe and southwest Asia. It’s an extremely versatile plant possessing flavors of both celery and parsley but much stronger. Lovage is delicious and also extremely high in the sirtuin-activating compound quercetin and is one of the main ingredients of the Sirtfood Green Juice.  Lovage offers a number of health benefits, including supporting kidney health, fighting harmful organisms and supporting joint health.

Here are some of the well-researched benefits of Lovage.

1. Lovage Fights the Risk of Kidney Stones

Lovage is an aquaretic or a type of diuretic that encourages urination without electrolyte loss. The increased urination flushes the urinary tract to potentially help avoid kidney stones.

2. Lung Support

Traditional herbal medicine uses lovage to loosen phlegm in the lungs, which in turn improves airflow, breathing, and oxygen intake. In one trial eucalyptol, the active chemical compound in lovage that reduces lung irritation, produced significant, positive results within four days

3. Soothes Rough Spots

It turns out lovage is loaded with compounds that may soothe rough patches in the body. Compounds in lovage that provide this benefit include limonene, eugenol, and quercetin. Studies involving limonene have shown it provides soothing effects throughout the body, although it has been especially noted to help reduce issues associated with colitis.

4. Promotes Healthy Skin

Lovage is recommended as a natural way to fight skin conditions like dermatitis and acne. The exact mechanism of action is not fully understood, but traditional skin care approaches include lovage in their routines.

5. Fights Harmful Organisms

Scientists have found lovage to be one of the most potent extracts against organisms like E. coli, Salmonella, H. pylori, and H. influenzae.

6. Eases Digestion and Relieves Gas

The soothing benefits of lovage are very effective and it’s even a great remedy to soothe the digestive tract, reduce bloating and relieve gas.

7. Supports Joint Health

The herb is considered a natural remedy for joint discomfort associated with gout and rheumatic swelling of the joints. In addition, it doesn’t cause any terrible side effects.

8. Natural Allergy Support

The soothing effects of lovage naturally help fight the symptoms of allergies. But when it comes to allergies, lovage goes a bit farther. Quercetin, a compound present in lovage, inhibits histamine release and alleviates skin irritation typically caused by sensitivity to environmental irritants.

9. Menstrual Support

Among its many traditional uses, lovage is reported to provide relief from menstrual discomfort. Its high nutrient density combined with its powerful soothing benefits may explain why adding lovage to the diet prior to the beginning of a menstrual cycle may support well-being.

10. Excellent for Recipes

Lovage is a wonderful addition to your favorite recipes, adding taste and increasing your meal’s nutrient value. It’s often used as a replacement for celery, although it’s more pungent so most recipes recommend using about half the amount of the celery called for. The leaves make an excellent salad, and the seeds are used as a spice and often sprinkled over salads and soups. Lovage can even be brewed as an herbal tea. It’s rich in B-complex vitamins, essential for energy, and vitamin C which supports skin and immune system health.

Lovage is safe, natural and can easily be found as a food or herbal supplement!

What’s So Good About Sirtuins, Anyway?

sirtuinsThere are seven different sirtuins, named SIRT1 through to SIRT7, and while the exact function of all seven hasn’t yet been discovered, research shows that activating them can help in the following ways.

Helps control weight

Lab-based studies have not only shown how interventions that activate sirtuins tend to result in significantly lower body weights, but that sirtuins actually protects against weight gain, even in the presence of a high-fat diet.

Improves memory

As well as protecting neurons against the damage caused by diseases like Alzheimer’s, sirtuins boost memory and learning skills by enhancing synaptic plasticity, or how well the brain’s neurons are able to adjust their connections in response to new information.

Protects against diabetes.

Increasing sirtuin activity has been shown to have a protective effect against insulin resistance, a key risk factor for type 2 diabetes. By the same token, diminished sirtuin activity been linked to an increased risk of diabetes.Sirtuins make cells more insulin sensitive, which means they can remove more glucose from the bloodstream. Seeing as insulin resistance is the precursor to both diabetes and weight gain, this can also be good news for your waistline.

Fights cancer

The chemicals that work as sirtuin activators affect how sirtuin works in different cells, turning it on in normal, healthy cells, but switching it off in cancer cells, which encourages them to die.

Slows the ageing process

A number of animal-based studies have linked activating sirtuin proteins with a longer, healthier lifespan. Researchers say it’s thanks to the fact that sirtuins act as guardian enzymes that protect cells and slow down how quickly they age.

SIRTUINS also have a hand in a host of other health benefits. Including…

Sleep

Activating sirtuins helps your circadian rhythm, ensuring you produce the hormones for sleep and waking when you’re supposed to.

Memory

The Sirtfood turmeric has been shown to improve short-term memory and protect against cognition problems. Pack this into your morning juice for a brainier start to the day.