The Ring-sisters

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We are two sisters and live in Austria. Grown up together in the south near the Slovenian and Italian boarder, we no longer live at the same place, but are deeply connected and share your passion for good food, family-life, nature, science and medicine.

Julia Ring

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I am a family man and always busy with my three children. I studied biology and completed my dissertation in the field of molecular biology.

I follow news in the field of aging research with great interest and try to incorporate it into my everyday life. Here I would like to apply my knowledge in such a way that everyone can apply it at home: namely, bringing the latest science to the dining table.

Almost 10 years ago scientists found out that the substance spermidine extended the life of all tested model animals (Nat Cell Biol. 2009). This discovery got through all the media and aroused the interest of many scientists. It was recently shown (in mice) that the positive effects of spermidine on health and life span are due, among other things, to the positive effects on cardiovascular functions. Epidemiological studies on spermidine-rich diets in humans have also confirmed these results (Nat Med. 2016). In short, one could conclude that a spermidine-rich diet counteracts the aging process in the body. At best, this would lead to an extension of life, but very likely to an extension of the health span in old age.

The kitchen and dining table is the center of our house and always busy.  Buying or growing good ingredients, turning them in a delicious meal and eating together with family and friends is good for body and soul. I think it is important to have a healthy diet as well as to eat food that makes you happy!

Anna Grötschnig (former Ring ;-))

Anna

I live with my family on an organic farm in Carinthia. I work as a doctor on a geriatrics and share with my husband more and more the passion to run a farm. In my training and my work in the hospital, I deal with many problems of aging. This makes me very aware that it is not the number of years, but the preservation of health and youthfulness and thus the quality of life in old age that is very desirable for us. With my sister, I share not only the scientific medical interest, but also the passion for good, valuable food. We have heard from our parents about our love of high-quality ingredients and their creative preparation. Apart from the taste, the health-promoting effects of foods and their origin are very important to me. That is why I am particularly proud to produce many of them organically, sustainably and regionally with our way of life. And so, in addition to my patients, I also take care of my children, my husband, seven cows, twenty sheep, two pigs, six chickens, five ducks, three bee colonies, a cat and our garden.