Food chemistry and aging

Reducing the amount of food you eat could be the simplest way to live a longer, healthier life, now researchers at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, think they know why. They have demonstrated that reduced calorie intake in mice slows ribosome activity and gives these cellular protein factories are chance to carry out self-repair. "Food isn't just material to be burned - it�s a signal that tells our body and cells how to respond," BYU's John Price explains. "We're getting down to the mechanisms of aging, which may help us make more educated decisions about what we eat." He points out that a low-calorie diet is not a panacea and the work is yet to be replicated in humans as an anti-aging strategy.