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Science Says These Veggies Slow Aging

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By April Benshosan

As kids, we were always told to eat our veggies—and now, ironically enough, science shows that the green stuff may actually be able to preserve our youth.

Think you need a jar of fancy wrinkle cream or a round of Botox to make you look a decade younger? Think again! The fountain of youth you’ve been searching for might just be located in your local produce section. Yes, that’s right, eating vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cucumber, and edamame, which are rich in a compound called nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN), may be able to slow down the aging process. How’s it work? According to Washington University School of Medicine researchers, the crew of awesome minds who discovered NMN, the compound tricks aging cells into behaving like younger cells.

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To come to this finding, the scientists divided a group of five-month-old mice into two groups. One group was given NMN, while the other group was not. Then they analyzed whether their biological functions weakened as they aged. Unlike their counterparts, the NMN-treated mice didn’t suffer from age-related weight gain. They also experienced improved energy metabolism, physical activity, bone density, immune function, blood sugar levels, and eyesight. Super impressive findings, for sure. But does this mean that simply snacking on broccoli and other green veggies can help us reap these near-magical benefits, too?

“If you do the math, I wouldn’t say it’s impossible entirely, but [it’s] probably very difficult to get the whole amount [you need] simply from natural foods,” explains senior study author Dr. Shin-Ichiro Imai. Imai believes that since humans, like rodents, lose NMN with age, supplementing diets with the compound can keep cells young. However, more research is needed to determine how NMN can help us humans remain youthful.

To examine the effects of the compound on humans, some of the scientists involved in the study plan to create an NMN pill that they hope will provide a potent enough dosage to help people combat the aging process. But until that hits shelves, turn back the clock with these age-fighting Foods That Help You Feel Young!


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