The aging process can be slowed by a compound found in apples, cucumbers, strawberries, and onions. This compound is called fistein.
Aging occurs when the body can no longer remove and replace dying cells. When a cell ages, it can no longer divide. Consequently, the cell releases inflammatory signals that prompt the immune system to remove that damaged cell.
Younger bodies can easily remove aging cells, but as we grow older, our systems become less well equipped to do so.
This inability causes an accumulation of damaged cells, which triggers a low-level inflammation and a tissue breakup. Indeed, a recent study by scientists at the Mayo Clinic, showed that molecules that destroy aging cells also slow down and prevent the aging process. This action effectively prolongs an individual’s lifespan and improves their health.
The question researchers asked is: which compound is responsible for destroying aging cells?
Aging Process: Which Compound Is It?
Mayo Clinic researchers tested ten flavonoids, which are naturally occurring compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, in aging mice. The most effective compound was fistein, which is found in apples, onion, cucumbers, and strawberries.
Fistein reduced the levels of senescent cells in the animals, prolonging their lifespan and contributing to better health. They also used a new technique called mass cytometry to verify that fistein was actually the compound for reversing the aging process.
Mass cytometry is a technique that allows researchers to “tag” specific molecules or features of cells and track their activity.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, is no longer just a slogan. Eating healthy should definitely include these foods in your diet plans.