Protein and Longevity
MORE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER. FINDING THE RIGHT AMOUNT FOR A HEALTHIER, LONGER LIFE.
By Colleen Coffey, MS, RDN, LDN
The purpose of this white paper is to reveal the intricate, and often debated, relationship between dietary protein and its profound impact on various health outcomes, including longevity. It provides comprehensive research and a well-informed perspective on the quantity and quality of dietary protein required to positively influence human longevity—and considers the impact of protein on health and longevity in the overall context of diet.
The pursuit of a long and healthy life is a fundamental human aspiration. In recent years, dietary patterns have been viewed as a key determinant of our overall well-being and life expectancy. Among these dietary components, protein has gained significant attention for its multifaceted role in the body, and recently, there has been a growing fascination with high-protein diets. Yet, the question of how much protein we need and what types of protein sources are most advantageous for promoting longevity remains a subject of vigorous inquiry.
In the following sections, we will delve into the latest research, explore the nuances of protein quality and quantity, and provide a balanced perspective on the advantages and potential pitfalls of high-protein diets. Our aim is to empower individuals with the knowledge needed to make informed dietary choices that can support not only a longer lifespan, but also a higher quality of life. By synthesizing current evidence and offering a clear point of view, we hope to shed light on this complex topic and contribute to the ongoing dialogue surrounding nutrition, health, and longevity.