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The proper diet for longevity may not be what is eaten, but what is not. University of California, Los Angeles, researchers have reported that the withdrawal of coenzyme Q (Q) from the diet of Caenorhabditis elegans extends the adult life span by almost 60% (P.L. Larsen, C.F. Clarke, "Extension of life-span in Caenorhabditis elegans by a diet lacking coenzyme Q," Science, 295:120-3, Jan. 4, 2002.) Q is found in the respiratory chains of mitochondria and can be obtained from eating anything that

Hal Cohen
Feb 3, 2002
The proper diet for longevity may not be what is eaten, but what is not. University of California, Los Angeles, researchers have reported that the withdrawal of coenzyme Q (Q) from the diet of Caenorhabditis elegans extends the adult life span by almost 60% (P.L. Larsen, C.F. Clarke, "Extension of life-span in Caenorhabditis elegans by a diet lacking coenzyme Q," Science, 295:120-3, Jan. 4, 2002.) Q is found in the respiratory chains of mitochondria and can be obtained from eating anything that once was alive. Q functions as an electron carrier in aerobic respiration, creating a proton gradient across the mitochondrial membrane, which is coupled to ATP synthesis in the cell. Decreased Q levels accounted for the reduced generation of free oxygen radicals; these radicals cause oxidative damage to cells and decrease their lifespan. Pamela L. Larsen, a UCLA research associate of chemistry and biochemistry, says that researchers speculate...

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