Apples have long been renowned for their health-boosting properties.
They’re rich in a variety of compounds that have been known to help improve health.
Recent research, however, has shown apples may be able to improve health in a variety of other ways. Most notably they’d help to keep death away by way of shielding the body from the effects of aging.
The discovery of a natural compound called fistein has been shown to protect the cells as they age.
Fistein naturally occurs in apples, strawberries, as well as some vegetables.
The way Fistein helps to protect one from aging is by helping us remove a certain kind of cell from the body that impose a major inflammatory burden.
One key factor in the aging process is known as “cellular senescence,” or the aging of the cell.
When a cell enters this stage, it is no longer able to divide.
When that eventually happens, the cell releases inflammatory signals that prompt the immune system to “clear out” that damaged cell.
Younger bodies can easily remove senescent cells, but as we grow older, our systems become less well equipped to do so.
This causes an accumulation of damaged cells, which gives rise to low-level inflammation and then tissue breakup.”
One of the only observed ways to prevent senescent cells from causing damage is by increasing the amount of certain molecules known as senolytics in the body.
As scientists at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN observed, senolytics have the ability to actively seek out and destroy senescent cells.
As they do this the process of aging actually slows down which could add additional life to a person.
To increase the number of senolytics in the body a number all one has to do is introduce natural compounds into the body known to enhance senolytic production.
As researchers have observed, fistein is the most powerful.
“When treating aging mice with fistein, the team saw that it reduced the levels of senescent cells in the animals, prolonging their lifespan and contributing to better health.
“These results suggest,” points out Prof. Robbins, “that we can extend the period of health, termed healthspan, even towards the end of life.”
However, he adds that this is just the first step of a much longer research journey, noting,
“[T]here are still many questions to address, including the right dosage, for example.”
The first detailed investigation of its kind
In order to introduce more fistein into the body, it’s recommended you focus on eating foods that’ll help to enhance senolytic activity.
Apples, obviously are one. So too are other fruits and vegetables.