“Does she eat her fruits and vegetables?” the doctor asked in a monotone. My mom and my seven year old self shared a knowing glance, giggles filling the room. “You know what they say!” the doctor said sternly, a slight smile in the corners of his eyes. Yet, the old adage seems to ring true “An apple a day” may stave off more than just mid day munchies. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that the natural product Fisetin, found in fruits in vegetables, may have positive effects on health and lifespan.
As organisms age, they begin to accumulate damaged cells. Eventually as damaged cells add up, the cells will go through an aging process known as cellular senescence. This accumulation of damaged cells results in the release of tissue degrading enzymes and inflammation.
When treating elderly mice with Fisetin, researcher’s discovered an increase in the heath and lifespan of the mice. While researcher Paul. D. Robbins found the findings to suggest extended health span, questions regarding potential dosage of the new drug still remain.
While dosage of this new and potentially revolutionary drug remain unclear, the fruits and veggies that contain it are no further than a walk to your fridge!