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STATES CHRONICLE – A new study conducted by scientists at the Washington University’s School of Medicine has unveiled that eating broccoli is certainly going to sustain your youth. Some compounds of broccoli are thought to be able to delay aging. The revolutionary study was published in the Cell Metabolism magazine. It demonstrated how broccoli supplements are bound to reduce aging in mice. The subjects were fed on a broccoli compound called nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN).
Shin-Ichiro Imai, who is a professor of developmental biology and medicine, has argued that he together with his team have managed to develop a way of slowing the occurrence of aging signs in mice. Some of the aging signs include the weight gain, a decline registered in the physical activity and the decaying sensitivity to insulin.
This study demonstrated that it is possible for older mice to behave just like the young ones, displaying the same properties and characteristics. As far as we know, the human body also relies on the process of production energy. Keeping that in mind, scientists hope to develop the same system of preserving youth as the one they have established in the case of lab subjects.
Eating broccoli seems to be the cure for aging. The study started by analyzing three groups of mice. They were all healthy being fed with rat food and small doses of NMN. The first group of subjects got a higher dose of the natural compound, the second group a lower dose, and the third one did not receive NMN at all.
After conducting a follow-up, the scientists have examined the results of the physiological aspects at the age of 5 months, repeating the study every three months until the mice reached the age of 17 months. The supplementation with NMN proved to bring a lot of benefits, boosting the functions of the immune system, upgrading the levels of physical activity, body weight, skeletal muscles, liver function, eye function and bone density.
The response to the treatment was surprisingly positive. Nevertheless, these positive outcomes were only registered to appear in older mice. For young mice, the effect of NMN supplements was null. Eating broccoli does not prevent you from aging, but only helps you have the same skills when you are old.
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