Beacon Transcript – Green vegetables the likes of broccoli and avocado may come to represent a means of stopping the signs of aging as scientists conduct new studies that show positive results.
The reason for the green vegetables, like broccoli, being used comes from one of their natural components, the compound known as NMN.
A new study, published on October 27, in the Cell Metabolism journal, presents the potential positive effects this compound can have in the battle against aging.
The research was led by Washington University in St. Louis Professor, Shin-ichiro Imai, who together with his team, tried to find a way of raising the NAD protein.
NAD, or oxidized nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, is a protein produced by the body which is necessary for the energy levels but which decreases as one gets older.
As scientists believed that the decrease was connected to the aging process, Imai and his team set out to find a way of testing this theory.
They managed to verify its authenticity and degree of relation with the aging process by conducting a trial study on mice.
The mice, whose NAD protein levels decrease with age, just like in humans, were both young and older specimens.
As simply adding NAD failed to produce any effect in the body, the researchers looked for new ways of boosting or increasing the protein production levels.
The solution came in the form of the broccoli-based NMN, which was reportedly added in the water given to the mice and marked a success.
According to Professor Imai, the mice which received the NMN- enhanced water presented an encouraging new life expectancy and potency.
They reportedly exhibited a longer healthy lifespan, with energy and metabolism levels characteristic of much younger mice, and possibly even an increased lifespan. The eyesight and bone density of the mice also marked an improvement.
The effects of the NMN were only experienced and noted on the older mice, as the younger specimens still produced enough NAD so as to not exhibit any changes when fed the additional compound.
As the life expectancy of the mice was possibly increased, and surely altered for the better, a small scale test trial has been initiated in Japan in order to test the effect of the NMN on humans.
The study’s lead author was confident on the results though as he went to explain that the energy production process is the same for both humans and mice.
He also expressed his hope that the increase in NAD production will lead to a healthier life even as people age and a potentially longer one.
Although the NMN enzyme can be found in green vegetables like broccoli, the researchers are not confident that an increase in the consumption of such vegetable alone can lead to an increase in NAD, but will be further testing enzyme-based compounds.
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