Certain vitamins and minerals may help boost longevity

Biochemist Bruce Ames from the University of California, Berkeley, has developed a list of 41 vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids that he says may help with healthy aging. These substances help keep the body running smoothly. If supplies run low, the body may have to pull resources from tasks like repairing DNA damage that keep cells younger and healthier, but keeping supplies up could prevent this, according to Ames.

This research is “thoughtful and provocative,” Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition, said in an October 17, 2018 Inverse article. “It does not claim that there are proven benefits of this package of minerals and vitamins, but it does provide a strong body of evidence that benefits on longevity are possible and even likely for many of these.”

Read the Inverse article: Cocktail of 41 Supplements Ensures Long Life, Says 89-Year-Old Scientist

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