Bruce Ames on Triage Theory, Longevity Vitamins & Micronutrients

Posted on February 12th 2015 (over 3 years)

In this video Dr. Rhonda Patrick interviews Dr. Bruce Ames about his triage theory, which he proposes that the body has developed a rationing response to shortages of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) throughout evolution. When cells run out of a vitamin or mineral, that scarce micronutrient is allotted to proteins (in the body) essential for short-term survival. Proteins needed for long-term health, including those that protect DNA, lose out and become disabled and lead to diseases of aging. In addition they discuss how RDAs are chosen and what Bruce calls “longevity vitamins” which he calls a class of nutrients that exist mostly to prevent degenerative diseases of aging in addition to essential vitamins and minerals.

"The obese are eating the worst diet in the country if you define worse as ratio of calories to essential micronutrients. They're just eating empty calories." - Dr. Bruce Ames Click To Tweet

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