The world’s leading proponent of a bold new approach to slowing aging details the fast-developing science of longevity—and the most powerful tools our bodies need to promote it
Current scientific research is revealing a clearer, fuller understanding of exactly how our bodies age on a cellular level—and in the process, overturning many long-held beliefs about promoting longevity. Medical doctor, researcher, and bestselling author Kris Verburgh has conceptualized a new discipline, nutrigerontology, which aims to develop diets and guidelines to reduce the risk of aging-related diseases.
Starting by questioning why nature even requires us to age (when it would be much more efficient for our bodies to continue to repair themselves, a capability we already have), Dr. Verburgh brilliantly details every aspect of physical aging—and busts common myths (for example, that free radicals accelerate aging, and we can fight this with antioxidants). He moves on to the tools we need to slow down and even reverse aging: the most effective foods and exercises, as well as the developing array of biotech therapies looming ever closer on the horizon, which employ mitochondrial DNA, CRISPR proteins, stem cells, and more.