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The Longevity and Fasting Mimicking Diets with Valter Longo PhD


Do you know the recommendation for the best diet for longevity, based on five distinct pillars of data? My guest today is Valter Longo PhD, Joint Professor of Gerontology and Biological Science as well as Director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California. He is also author of the Longevity Diet. In this episode Valter Longo describes how he always looks at an array of information sources such as basic research, epidemiology studies, centenarian studies and more. This way, he can be confident that the data observed in a new study are meaningful and relevant. He describes a vegan pescatarian diet to be ideal with a focus on really good complex carbohydrates, low protein and healthy fats. He is not a supporter of a low carbohydrate diet as the multi pillar approach does not provide supporting data. He also discusses the Fasting Mimicking Diet and how a strict 5 day program of nutrition can mimic the benefits of fasting essentially risk free. The benefits would appear to act analogous to a car service, where broken and dysfunctional components are removed during fasting and rebuilt and repaired during re-feeding. The starvation response appears to be an ancient mechanism in all species and can be exploited to prevent and treat many of today’s lifestyle and autoimmune diseases.

For more information Valter Longo’s research please visit his website at USC For more information on the Longevity Diet please visit For more information on the Fasting Mimicking Diet please visit For more information on Valter Longo’s foundation please visit

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