Anti-ageing chemical found in fruit
Scientists have discovered that a chemical found in many common fruits and vegetables can increase our lifespan, even when taken in older age. Fisetin, a flavonoid found in strawberries, grapes and apples, has been found to reduce the level of damaged cells in the body, which would otherwise lead to ageing.
As we age, damaged cells accumulate in our bodies. When these damaged cells build up, they cause low level inflammation and release enzymes that can degrade tissue. Over time, our immune systems struggle to remove these damaged cells as effectively. That’s where Fisetin comes in. By helping to remove these damaged cells, Fisetin helps to extend our life and healthspan – the period of our life which we are healthy and free from serious illness.
The current study found positive results in mice, and the researchers believe that the results would be translatable in a human study. As such, further trials are now underway, starting with older women. These studies will assess how Fisetin could lengthen the healthspan of elderly patients. Higher levels of Fisetin can be found in oral dietary supplements, and while no adverse side effects have yet been found, scientists recommend waiting until their studies have determined optimum dosages of the flavonoid before taking supplements.
Meanwhile, keep raiding the fruit bowl for strawberries, grapes, apples and onions, where fabulous Fisetin can be found.