What is Prolon?
ProLon® is a 5-day, plant-based dietary program that nourishes your body while promoting regenerative and rejuvenating changes, including effects on a wide range of markers that are associated with aging, such as cholesterol, inflammation, and fasting glucose.
ProLon® mitigates the burden and risks of water-only fasting, while responding to the unmet need of having a tasty, convenient, and safe dietary program.
Pre-clinical and clinical studies have proven that periodic fasting, done for several consecutive days, is a very powerful intervention that our bodies learned to naturally cope with by protecting and rejuvenating itself. These two factors are both anti-aging measures that offer additional health benefits. The 5-Day ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet has been clinically tested and found to promote beneficial effects in a wide variety of conditions ranging from excess weight and fasting blood glucose, to growth factors associated with DNA damage and aging.
ProLon® was shown in clinical trials to have beneficial effects on a wide variety of markers: it decreases abdominal fat while increasing relative lean body mass, decreases fasting glucose, reduces C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation), and reduces IGF-1 (associated with increased DNA damage mortality and aging in humans).
ProLon® meals come in 5 small boxes (one for each day) that include gluten-free plant-based energy bars, soups, a variety of snacks, drinks, and supplements, all studied and carefully designed to nourish your body.
What is a Fast Mimicking Diet?
The 5 Day Fasting Mimicking Diet™, or FMD, is the first meal program made of healthy natural ingredients that is consumed for five days – but is not recognized in cellular pathways as food. This keeps the body in a fasting mode. In simple terms, it is fasting with food!
The Fasting Mimicking Diet is shown to promote longevity, overall health, and reduce excess fat in just 5 days… allowing you the freedom to return to your regular lifestyle.
This nutritional breakthrough was scientifically developed and clinically tested at the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California. Led by Dr. Valter Longo, the USC Longevity Institute unites multidisciplinary aging research approaches to enhance the healthy years of life.
What does Fast Mimicking Diet Mean?
A Fasting Mimicking and Enhancing™ Diet (FMED™) is a high nutrition, low protein, low carbohydrate meal plan, clinically proven to beneficially change a wide range of biomarkers associated with aging, poor health, and inflammation. (See Question 2).
ProLon® is the first Fasting Mimicking Diet™ (FMD™) developed to provide the beneficial effects of fasting by making the fasting mimicking period safe and pleasant. ProLon®, which contains plant-based soups, bars, crackers, olives, drinks, and supplements, is a proprietary 5-day dietary program, providing approximately 750 to 1100 calories per day. It is based on innovative research carried out at two of the world’s leading centers for biomedical and longevity research located at the University of Southern California (USC), the Longevity Institute and the Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute. This revolutionary meal plan has been scientifically designed and clinically tested to mimic the effects of fasting, while providing the proper daily nourishment and the feeling of satisfaction.
How should Prolon be used?
The diet should be used for 5 consecutive days per month (30 days) after which the patient will transition for 1 day and then resume their normal diet. Instructions are provided in every carton. A specific combination of food is provided on each day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. All food provided on a specific day should be taken on that day only. While a meal missed can be made up at any time during the same day, there should be no carryover from one day to the next. The 5-day diet should be taken as often as is recommended by the healthcare professional.
How much weight will one lose on Prolon?
The amount of weight loss varies by individual. A healthcare professional will be able to discuss this during consultation and work with the patient on meeting weight goals.
How many cycles of Prolon are recommended?
The ProLon clinical trials protocol included three consecutive cycles of ProLon (5-day only per month over three consecutive months). It is up to the practitioner to decide the best protocol that he or or she would like to use for each patient. We suggest that for patients who are obese or overweight, they use ProLon for one three cycle protocol, and recommend that you as their doctor check in with patient to re-assess and determine if they have met their goals or if more cylces would be helpful. If a patient is not overweight and eats and exercises well, we suggest the product 1-2 times a year
What is the Transition Diet after the Prolon Fast?
On Day 6, after the ProLon® diet ends, users should avoid binge eating and resume their normal diet gradually. They should start with liquid foods, such as soups and fruit juices, followed by light meals, including rice, pasta and small portions of meat, fish and/or legumes. A normal diet can be resumed on day 7, or 24 hours after the end of the ProLon® diet.
Can I consume additional calories on the Prolon Diet?
One should not eat anything extra while on the ProLon® dietary program. Since this diet is low calorie, one may experience the feeling of slight weakness and possible dizziness as the body adjusts, especially on Day 2. This is normal. Usually by day 3 this decreases; however, should the symptoms be severe, one can drink fruit juices and call your doctor or 911 for emergencies. The supervising healthcare professional should then review if it is safe for the patient to continue on the diet. The energy drink provided in the diet boxes, to be taken throughout the day, provides not only nutritional support during the diet, but can be specifically helpful in these instances.
What is DHA?
DHA stands for docosahexaenoic acid and is an omega-3 fatty acid. DHA is essential for normal brain function.
What is the Energy Drink?
The energy drink is specially formulated to provide vegetable-based nutritional support during the diet.
What Makes this Anti-Aging?
The unique design and combination of ingredients in ProLon® enables the diet to promote the generation of an increased number of stem cells and a wide range of “anti-aging” effects, some caused by nourishment and some caused by triggering rejuvenating effects.