Sirtuins are a class of proteins that possess either mono-ADP-ribosyltransferase or deacylase activity. Sirtuins regulate many important biological pathways in bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes. There are many sirtuins, differentiated by numbers, 1-7.


Benefits of Sirtuins

Biology lesson aside, sirtuins provide many benefits. Different sirtuins have been shown to be:

  • Important in aging and apoptosis (programmed cell death)
  • Inflammation
  • DNA repair
  • Mitochondrial biogenesis (new mitochondria)
  • Vital along with NAD+, for the regulation of energy metabolism (aging and longevity)
  • Important for reducing oxidative stress (by inhibiting reactive oxygen species)
  • Helpful in improving endurance and muscle growth


How To Get Your Sirtuins

While the way they work and even what they are is a bit complicated, getting enough of them in your diet is not. Plenty of foods contain sirtuins. Make sure to get enough of the following in your diet:

  • Black currants
  • Green tea
  • Dark chocolate
  • Kale and/or borecole
  • Olives
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Parsley
  • Capers
  • Onions
  • Turmeric
  • Omega-3

Author: NFShealth

Certified personal trainer, grad student in nutrition. Obsessed about all things regarding nutrition and health.

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