Genes do not dictate. The MacArthur Foundation Study emphasized the “positive aspects of aging.” This consortium of brilliant minds found that the way you live, more than your genes, determines your health and vitality.
The high concentration of centenarians in Okinawa is an excellent example of successful aging. It’s estimated that Okinawans consume about 40% fewer calories than Americans do. Eating fewer calories and getting adequate nutrients delay aging and extend the lifespan according to research with rats, protozoans, water fleas, worms, guppies, and flies. The other good news is that cocoa powder has shown a powerful antioxidant effect. Research suggests that the flavinoids in cocoa may improve heart health and reduce inflammation. This lecture emphasizes ways you can eat deliciously to influence Ideal Aging®.