Lower AGEs to look and feel younger, media says

GirlChoppingTomatoIf you want to improve your health and appearance, various media sources have some advice for you: lower your advanced glycation end-product (AGE) levels.

More and more AGE-related articles have been popping up online in all regions of the world and on websites covering all sorts of topics. The following are some notable recent mentions of AGEs in the media.

Munch your way to youthful good looks (iafrica.com): “Glycosylation also [produces] oxidative stress which [heart surgeon and ‘Dr. Oz Show’ host Mehmet] Oz explains is when sugar molecules aggravates all it comes into contact with, ‘like may shards of glass’. Oxidation eventually leads to Advanced Glycation Endproducts or AGEs.

The accumulation of some AGEs is natural and people may experience AGEs numerous times in their lifetime – however, poor eating fast forwards the process.”

Can some foods ease joint pain from osteoarthritis? (The Globe and Mail): “It’s also wise to limit your intake of meat cooked at high temperatures (e.g. grilling, broiling, frying), which contain inflammatory compounds called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Studies have linked AGEs to a handful of chronic diseases, including osteoarthritis. Alternatives include poached or steamed fish, poached chicken, braised meat, as well as beans, lentils and tofu.”

Eating or Avoiding These Foods Can Take Years Off Your Face (One Green Planet): “When you eat sugar, a process known as glycation occurs. The sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called ‘advanced glycation end products,’ which then damage adjacent proteins, such as collagen and elastin, as well as increasing the risk of age-related diseases such as cataracts, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and stroke. Additionally, a diet high in sugar will actually cause the body to create less resilient new collagen! So even a young person on a high sugar diet is setting themselves up for premature aging. But not all is lost! Cutting sugar from your diet can allow your body to repair the damage and rebuild weakened collagen, according to recent studies. And you don’t have to go sweet-free; swap sugar with any of these healthy alternatives.”

9 ways to keep your collagen and skin looking young (Mirror): “According to Dr Patricia Farris, co-author of The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great and Look Years Younger (Bantam £8.99), eating too much sugar can be a beauty disaster.

It causes premature ageing of the skin by a process called glycation. This is where excess sugar in the blood attaches itself to lipids, nucleic acids and proteins (especially your collagen) to form ‘advanced glycation end ­products’ or AGEs, which accelerate the ageing process and so cause wrinkly skin.”

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