The Secret to Living Years Longer?
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on March 10, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
The saying “An apple a day…” may have more to it than just keeping the doctor away!
Recent studies on fruit flies – OK, not exactly humans, but they do serve as stand-ins for us in hundreds of research projects every year – showed that antioxidants in apples extended the lifespan of fruit flies by a significant 10%!
These antioxidants, called polyphenols, not only prolonged the average lifespan of the fruit flies, but also helped preserve their agility – they were better able to climb, walk, and generally move about.
Apple polyphenols were also shown to reverse levels of certain markers of age-related deterioration in older fruit flies – so, in effect, slowing down and possibly even reversing the aging process!
These results support other similar studies, including one in which women who ate apples regularly had a 13% to 22% decrease in risk of heart disease.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan