5 FOODS THAT STIMULATE AUTOPHAGY
Macroautophagy or autophagy is a form of cell detox that keeps your cells rejuvenated and healthy. When your body enters autophagy, the abnormal cells, including cells that aren’t functioning well, get destroyed by the body.
Lots of studies on autophagy have revealed an overwhelming number of advantages, including reverse the signs of aging. Autophagy slows down the effects of aging so you can look better even as you age.
Again, autophagy helps reduce the risks of cardiovascular, metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. By destroying abnormal cells, the chances of these diseases developing reduce.
In addition to these advantages, the biggest advantage of autophagy (although under research) is its effect on cancerous cells. Autophagy has, on several occasions, proven to slow down the multiplication of rebel cancer cells.
That said, our bodies are meant to go into autophagy themselves. But most times, that doesn’t often happen, so we need to induce it. There are many ways to induce autophagy. One of them is fasting, and another way is diet.
In this article, we’ll be looking at five foods that stimulate autophagy and how you should include them in your diet.
1. Organic Olive Oil
No doubt, olive oil has a lot of health benefits. It is also a great substance to induce autophagy.
Studies have shown that consuming organic olive oil induces autophagy in the brain. This autophagy preserves the integrity of the synapses and maintains low levels of amyloid plaques and phosphorylated tau.
Since Alzheimer’s is caused by disintegration in synaptic integrity and increased levels of amyloid plaques and phosphorylated tau, olive oil can help induce brain nerve autophagy. This, in turn, helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Consume olive oil with a salad or even as a spoonful every day. Click on the link above to see my favorite.
Theobroma cacao is the root of all chocolate in the world. Dark chocolate and not the high sugar content chocolate is good for your body.
Cacao induces autophagy in the liver cells. This prevents liver cytotoxicity caused by drugs. The phenolic compound contained in cacao acts as an antioxidant and prevents apoptosis in the cells. Also, Cacao has significant effects on preventing cardiovascular diseases by inducing autophagy in the heart. Add cacao to your diet by consuming dark chocolate or using cacao butter to prepare meals.
Curcumin is another naturally occurring compound found in Turmeric. It is known for its diverse uses, such as preventing diseases and skin care.
Curcumin is also a great autophagic modulator, especially when it comes to tick diseases like Lyme. Increased consumption of curcumin kick-starts the formation of acidic vesicular organelles known as LC3B.
Include curcumin in your diet via Turmeric spices. For a higher quantity of curcumin intake, consider juicing turmeric roots and adding them to healthy smoothies or drinking them as a juice.
4. Green Tea
Green tea is another substance that is phenomenal at inducing autophagy. What makes green tea stand out from other autophagy-inducing foods is that its actions aren’t specific. Unlike curcumin that works on Lyme disease, green tea induces autophagy in every organ of the body.
A cup or two of green tea a day is an excellent way to start inducing all-round autophagy.
We know that coffee has a lot of benefits, and recent studies have unearthed another one. Coffee, whether caffeinated or decaffeinated, can induce autophagy.
Studies show that after taking coffee, the heart and the liver all show an increase in autophagy after some hours. For a more sustainable effect, consume at least 6 cups of coffee a day. Click on the link above to see my favorite.
These five foods above have induced autophagy in the core organs of the body. Regular consumption would start up a chain of regular autophagy in those cells.
As always, I hope that helps.