A new and fascinating study (1) published in one of the top scientific journals in the world demonstrated that organic food increases both longevity and fertility when compared to conventionally grown food. The study was done on an organism called Drosophila melanogaster aka the “fruit fly”. For those who don’t know about the lowly fruit fly in human research, it is used as a model for human disease. It turns out that nearly 75% of human disease-causing genes have an equivalent “homolog” in the fly and the fly has turned out to be a very accurate predictor of behavior in humans.(2) In fact it is often used for low- to high-throughput drug screens as well as in target discovery for new drugs.

What this study strongly suggests is something that should be obvious: All creatures have been designed and naturally selected to be best adapted to, and to thrive on, organic foods. In other words, foods that are grown essentially in the same way they have been grown for millennia.

If you want to optimize your fertility and lifespan, eating organic food where possible can be a very important component.

(1) PLoS One. 2013;8(1):e52988. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0052988. Epub 2013 Jan 9.
(2) Pharmacological Reviews June 2011 vol. 63 no. 2 411-436.


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