“We can stay younger longer!”
While her lunch companions chatted, natural-health expert Naomi Whittel watched with surprise as molecular biologist Elzbieta Janda, Ph.D., took a bite out of the pith of a small citrus fruit. That’s the part that I usually remove, Whittel thought, curious as to why the scientist would eat the bitter rind.
Whittel was in Italy, learning about the anti-aging benefits of the citrus fruit bergamot as part of her job as CEO of Reserveage Nutrition and Twinlab. “Dr. Janda explained that the fruit’s bitter rind contains a high concentration of flavonoids that activate autophagy, the body’s cellular cleaning process,” says Whittel. “I was fascinated. Like many things, autophagy becomes less efficient with age. My aha moment came when I learned that we don’t have to accept that decline.” Whittel went on to work with the world’s leading doctors to harness the power of autophagy—and used herself as a guinea pig. “My weight was creeping up. But when I started doing the things that activate autophagy, I lost weight, my skin glowed and I looked younger.” Read on for her research-backed strategies!