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Protein From Meat, Fish May Help Men Age Well

Animal Protein

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  • Men who consumed higher levels of meat and fish had a 39 percent lower risk of mental and physical decline compared to those who ate the least animal protein
  • The researchers suggested that high-quality protein helps preserve lean muscle that is essential for daily functioning
  • While some animal protein is necessary, too much protein should be avoided as it may activate the mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) pathway
  • Emerging research suggests mTOR activation may increase your risk of cancer; most people rarely need more than 40-70 grams of protein a day
  • If you’re eating a low-carb diet, resist the urge to replace carbs with protein; instead, eat more healthful fats
  • For overall health and anti-aging benefits, the majority of your diet should be comprised of good fats, followed by moderate amounts of high-quality proteins and carbohydrates, primarily from vegetables

By Dr. Mercola

Functional decline is one of the hallmarks of aging and describes the slowing ability to carry out daily activities due to physical weakness and/or cognitive decline.


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