Re: Longevity: Nutrients: What, How Much, And How To Take It.

Anders Sandberg (
Sat, 1 Feb 1997 12:35:21 +0100 (MET)

On Sat, 1 Feb 1997 wrote:

> (Mike Cowar.) writes:
> >I want a list of All necessary nutients,
> >thier Optimal dosage,
> >and most efficient method of administration
> >for the purpose of longevity.
> There's no such thing, and anybody who claims to have one is a scamster or a
> fool. Even scamsters are rarely so bold.

I think you are a bit too harsh here. We can't list for certain *every*
nutrient we need, but we can make a quite good list of those we know of,
and they make up most of the food we eat (the unknown ones are most likely
present in the same food that is rich in the known nutrients). A bit
harder is optimal dosages, there is a big interindividual variability and
experimental uncertainties (the RDA is after all just "recommended").

As others have pointed out, the best way of getting the necessary
nutrients right now at a reasonable price is just healthy food, eating a
chemical mixture is bound to be expensive and unpalatable. See nutrition
and health websites for discussions of a good diet.

> If you're really serious about longevity, try calorie restriction. Even that
> is not yet provem to work in people, although it has worked in any animal
> model short-lived and cheap enough to test.

CR looks promising, but it is most likely very hard to turn directly from
a normal diet to a CR diet; instead it is most likely a good idea to
first starte eating healthy low-calorie food, and once you have made that
a habit move towards CR. A direct jump is bound to lead to hunger and
motivation problems.

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