Can Apples Slow Down Aging?

New research has identified a natural compound found in many types of fruit, such as apples and strawberries, and vegetables that can slow down the aging process.

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.

In a previous study published in Nature Medicine, scientists at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, noticed that senolytics — which are molecules that target and destroy senescent cells to slow down or prevent the aging process — can effectively prolong an individual’s lifespan and improve their health.

Excerpted from Medical News Today

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