Author Topic: Xenohormesis | Dietary Restriction Mimetic Properties of Plant Foods  (Read 1366 times)

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This is the study on which the video below is based: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18455976

The Xenohormesis Hypothesis

We propose that the common ancestor of plants and animals synthesized polyphenols. Since the divergence of phyla, there has been selection such that heterotrophs (animals and fungi) detect chemical cues about their environment from plants and other autotrophs (that is, organisms that derive energy from light or inorganic chemical reactions). These chemical cues would give the heterotroph advance warning about the deterioration of the environment, allowing them to prepare while conditions are still relatively favorable. The theory predicts that many key mammalian enzymes and receptors will have evolved binding pockets that allow modulation by molecules produced by other species.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSzGCWWuE94




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The idea that we can steal the hormetic benefits that were earned by another... that is interesting. 

We need a term for this phenomenon.  Maybe Mimetic Hormesis or Adoptive Hormesis. 

I was trying to think of other ways to adopt hormesis and could only think of fecal transplants... hah!