In this talk Dr. Bruce Ames, one of the most-cited scientists of all time, explores the body of research on the effects of vitamin and mineral intake on age-associated diseases. Most of the world’s population, including that of the U.S., are moderately deficient in one or more of the ~30 essential vitamins and minerals. These V/M are necessary for the proper function of “longevity proteins,” which defend against the diseases associated with aging. Since the damage from moderate V/M deficiency is insidious, its importance for long-term health is not being appreciated. Theory and evidence suggest that metabolic trade-offs made during deficiencies accelerate aging-associated diseases, such as cancer, cognitive decline, and cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Ames is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, and a Senior Scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and he was on their Commission on Life Sciences. He was on the board of directors of the National Cancer Institute, the National Cancer Advisory Board, from 1976 to 1982. His many awards include the U.S. National Medal of Science.