Dr. Vlassara's AGE-Less Diet

How a Chemical in the Foods We Eat Promotes Disease, Obesity, and Aging and the Steps We Can Take to Stop It

Dr. Vlassara's AGE-Less Diet

By:  Vlassara, Helen
Woodruff, Sandra
Striker, Gary E.

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HEALTH & FITNESS / Diet & Nutrition / Weight Loss
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Imagine naturally occurring toxic substances that are responsible for chronic disease and accelerated aging. When trying to discover why patients with diabetes are prone to complications such as heart disease, Dr. Helen Vlassara and her research team focused on compounds called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, which enter the body through the diet. For years, these amazing studies remained virtually unknown to the public. Now, renowned researchers Dr. Vlassara and Dr. Gary Striker, and best-selling author Sandra Woodruff have written a complete guide to understanding AGEs and avoiding their harmful effects through the careful selection of foods and cooking techniques.

Part One of Dr. Vlassara’s AGE-Less Diet clearly explains what AGEs are, how they enter your body, and how they contribute to the development of chronic disease, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, dementia, obesity, and more. Most important, you’ll learn how you can reduce AGEs and improve your health by making simple changes in the way you eat. Part Two offers over a hundred taste-tempting AGE-less recipes that show you just how easy—and delicious—it is to follow an AGE-less diet.

By lowering your AGE levels, you can reduce the potential of developing any number of serious disorders and enjoy greater health. Dr. Vlassara’s AGE-Less Diet will guide you in making a real difference in your life.

“Physician Vlassara (The AGE-Less Way), physician Striker, and nutritionist Woodruff zero in on advanced glycation end products (aptly shortened to AGEs), offering readers a lucid explanation of how these chemical compounds damage and age the body . . . Based on a wealth of scientific evidence, the authors’ “game-changing” discoveries come across as sensible solutions for those amenable to some uncomplicated culinary modifications.”Publishers Weekly

"Helen Vlassara, MD, has spent years studying another type of age—as an acronym for advanced glycation end products . . . In [Dr. Vlassara's AGE-Less Diet], Vlassara—along with nutrition expert Sandra Woodruff, RD, and geriatrics researcher Gary Striker, MD—explains why AGEs are so harmful and how you can modify your diet to reduce your AGE intake . . . [t]he idea is to eat foods that are lower in AGEs to start with—and to use moist-heat cooking methods, such as poaching, steaming, stewing and braising, along with acid-based marinades and dressings (acids reduce AGE formation). The book provides recipes to help the reader get started."Energy Times Magazine (online edition) - Lisa James

"[The authors'] overall message is inspiring: take a proactive approach to reducing the risk of getting degenerative diseases. They assure readers: 'You have it within your power to take control of what you and your loved ones consume.' "Booklist - Karen Springen

"Helen Vlassara, MD [along with co-authors Sandra Woodruff, MS, RD, and Gary E. Striker, MD] has written an excellent book on this subject. I urge everybody to buy her book, Dr. Vlassara's AGE-less Diet . . . Dr. Vlassara has written over a hundred scientific papers on this topic, and has been one of world's leading researchers in this field for the past thirty-five years. The first three chapters of the book have an excellent scientific discussion. She cites about 100 references, which I have reviewed, and they provide excellent documentation of all [the book's] statements . . . Dr. Vlassara's AGE-less Diet requires no pills, no drugs, no extra money, no caloric restriction. Just the information required to avoid toxins."Alan S. Green, MD

Helen Vlassara, MD, is Professor Emeritus and former Director of Diabetes and Aging Research at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She has devoted over thirty years to studying the effects of advanced glycation end products and has authored hundreds of scientific articles and books.


Sandra Woodruff, MS, RD, LD/N, has a master’s of science in food and nutrition from Florida State University. She specializes in diet-related health problems, and is the best-selling author of many health-related cookbooks, including Soft Foods for Easier Eating Cookbook.

- Gary E. Striker, MD, a Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, has conducted research focusing on kidney disease and its complications, including the role that AGEs play in their cause and treatment.