Who wouldn’t want to stop the clocks in our bodies from speeding up and causing all kinds of health issues as the years go by? Or at least slow that process down a bit so we can enjoy more time with our loved ones. According to promising new research, that hope might not be as far fetched as you think.
Fisetin, a flavonoid found in several fruits and vegetables, has previously been recommended for Alzheimer’s patients to maintain healthy brain function. A study from 2014 reported that the addition of fisetin resulted in anti-inflammatory effects that help keep synapses in the brain firing as they should. Now, scientists from the University of Minnesota Medical School claim there are also anti-aging benefits in fisetin for all of us, not just Alzheimer or dementia patients.
In a press release published on October 2, 2018, the researchers explain that as we get older, we accumulate damaged cells that set off inflammatory alarm bells inside us. Unfortunately, our bodies are not as great at cleaning up those cells when we get older, which is what causes so many of the issues that come with aging.
However, the release goes on to say that their results suggest fisetin is able to extend our health — even when applied toward the end of life, ultimately helping us live longer, happier lives. Studies will continue to test these results for the best treatment options and supplements, but you can give your cells a boost by adding more fisetin-rich foods to your daily meals. Luckily, there are a ton of delicious options for you to choose from: Strawberries have the highest amount of naturally occurring fisetin, but you can also add more mangoes, cucumbers (with the skin), apples, kiwi, peaches, grapes, tomatoes, and onions to your diet for some extra fisetin. Eating your way to a longer life is definitely news we can all get behind!