CHEMICAL IN APPLES MAY EXTEND LIFE

Scientists are reporting the first evidence that consumption of an antioxidant substance in apples extends the average lifespan of test animals by 10%.

The researchers found that apple polyphenols not only prolonged the average lifespan of fruit flies, but also helped preserve their ability to walk, climb and move about. In addition, apple polyphenols reversed levels of various biochemical substances found in older fruit flies, which are markers for age-related deterioration and approaching death.

Source:
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry – February 14, 2011;59:2097-2106.

pubs.acs.org/journal/jafcau

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