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Aging Well

The 10 Dietary Habits of Highly Successful Agers

People often reflexively attribute the geographic clustering of the Mindspan Elite “just to good genes.” But the genes of the Mindspan Elite vary considerably from region to region. Though the foods and diets of these people also seem varied, through extensive research, I’ve discovered that healthy agers in these regions share remarkably similar dietary characteristics — especially concerning some critical nutrients and their interactions with key genes.

Here’s what we can learn about successful aging from the dietary habits of the world’s centenarians and supercentenarians, especially those who enjoy significant longevity of both body and mind:

The Mindspan Elite Typically Consume Foods That Restrict Iron Absorption
One of the most significant dietary habits of the Mindspan Elite is avoidance of foods promoting excessive iron absorption. For example, the typical diet in such regions is low in red meat.

People in such regions typically consume foods low or even deficient in iron, including non-fortified white rice and pasta, and olive oil. In fact, foods “fortified” or “enriched” with iron aren’t typically even available in these areas, in contrast to in the U.S., Northern and Western Europe, where enriched white flour is often the norm. Throughout the areas along the Mediterranean Sea where the Mindspan Elite cluster, dietary staples consist of non-enriched white flour bread and non-enriched semolina wheat pasta. And in Japan, the country with the highest concentration of the Mindspan Elite, the very bedrock of traditional cuisine is non-enriched white rice. For well over a century in these mindspan-leading regions, such refined, unfortified staples have provided more dietary energy (calories) than any other food.

Contrast this reality with the near universal misconception that whole grains comprise the grain staples of these cultures. Yet decades of data and cultural profiles on the Mindspan Elite cuisines along the Mediterranean Sea and in Japan provide incontrovertible evidence disproving such claims. While the nutritional mainstream has converged on a monolithic message that whole grains should replace all refined grain foods, many scientific facts suggest that whole grains are not as healthful as they appear. For example, whole grains tend to contain various unhealthy substances — including more toxins, and heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, and lead — than do refined grains.

The Health Risks of Excessive Iron Are Well Documented
It’s no coincidence that the diets of the Mindspan Elite are rich in foods that contain low levels of iron or inhibit iron absorption. We’ve reached a scientific tipping point in understanding the health impact of excessive iron accumulation, which raises the risk of neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and a host of other serious conditions.*

Scientific Evidence Tying Iron to Health Risks