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Nutrigerontology: a key for achieving successful ageing and longevity

Nutrigerontology is defined as the scientific discipline that studies the impact of nutrients, foods, macronutrient ratios, and diets on lifespan, ageing process, and age-related diseases. Its goal is to investigate compounds, foods, and diets that can reduce the risk of ageing-related diseases and increase the healthy lifespan, achieving successful ageing and longevity.

To discuss the potential relevance of this new science in the field in of ageing and longevity, three original studies performed in Sicily with local foods and two interesting reviews (on the role of genetics and life style on longevity and on the effect of dietary phytochemicals on neuro-inflammaging) have been assembled in this series alongside an Editorial.

Published in Immunity & Ageing - April 2016

  1. During the last two centuries the average lifespan has increased at a rate of approximately 3 months/year in both sexes, hence oldest old people are becoming the population with the fastest growth in Western W...

    Authors: Anna Aiello, Giulia Accardi, Giuseppina Candore, Giuseppe Carruba, Sergio Davinelli, Giuseppe Passarino, Giovanni Scapagnini, Sonya Vasto and Calogero Caruso
    Citation: Immunity & Ageing 2016 13:17
  2. An extensive literature describes the positive impact of dietary phytochemicals on overall health and longevity. Dietary phytochemicals include a large group of non-nutrients compounds from a wide range of pla...

    Authors: Sergio Davinelli, Michael Maes, Graziamaria Corbi, Armando Zarrelli, Donald Craig Willcox and Giovanni Scapagnini
    Citation: Immunity & Ageing 2016 13:16
  3. It is well known that Mediterranean Diet can positively influence the health of each individual, in particular it is know that fibers have an important role. However, in Mediterranean cities most people do not...

    Authors: Annalisa Barera, Silvio Buscemi, Roberto Monastero, Calogero Caruso, Rosalia Caldarella, Marcello Ciaccio and Sonya Vasto
    Citation: Immunity & Ageing 2016 13:14
  4. There is convincing epidemiological and clinical evidence that, independent of aging, lifestyle and, notably, nutrition are associated with development or progression of major human cancers, including breast, ...

    Authors: Giuseppe Carruba, Letizia Cocciadiferro, Antonietta Di Cristina, Orazia M. Granata, Cecilia Dolcemascolo, Ildegarda Campisi, Maurizio Zarcone, Maria Cinquegrani and Adele Traina
    Citation: Immunity & Ageing 2016 13:13
  5. Healthy aging and longevity in humans are modulated by a lucky combination of genetic and non-genetic factors. Family studies demonstrated that about 25 % of the variation in human longevity is due to genetic ...

    Authors: Giuseppe Passarino, Francesco De Rango and Alberto Montesanto
    Citation: Immunity & Ageing 2016 13:12
  6. The aim of this study was to analyse the nutraceutical properties of table green olives Nocellara del Belice, a traditional Mediterranean food. The Mediterranean Diet has as key elements olives and extra virgin o...

    Authors: Giulia Accardi, Anna Aiello, Valeria Gargano, Caterina Maria Gambino, Santo Caracappa, Sandra Marineo, Gesualdo Vesco, Ciriaco Carru, Angelo Zinellu, Maurizio Zarcone, Calogero Caruso and Giuseppina Candore
    Citation: Immunity & Ageing 2016 13:11