Broccoli combats ageing

The ageing process brings along many changes… we notice a changes in our bodies, our energy levels, and even in our attitudes about the world around us.

But there’s one thing in most of my patients that doesn’t seem to change one bit from way back in their early days of childhood.

They don’t want to eat their veggies, no matter how “good” they supposedly are for you.

And still, I’ll continue to spread the word about the power of eating enough vegetables… For instance, the latest research that shows how eating certain vegetables – like broccoli, which people either love or hate – can put the brakes on many of the natural processes that occur as the body ages.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis gave some healthy mice either a compound found in broccoli called NMN or a placebo and then monitored the mice’s health over their lifespans. (Fortunately, most mice don’t live much longer than a couple of years.)

As they got older, the mice who received NMN looked, in many ways, like young mice. Their metabolisms didn’t slow down – which means they didn’t find their energy sapped and they didn’t gain weight.

The little critters retained skeletal muscle and bone density, too.

What’s more, their retinas were healthier and their livers functioned better than the mice that didn’t receive the NMN. They even showed less insulin resistance!

Now, you’re not a mouse. But scientists use mice in preliminary studies – before embarking on human clinical trials – because their bodies tend to respond similarly to what the human body does (despite the obvious differences in appearance).

Your body actually converts NMN into a coenzyme that plays a key role in energy production at the cellular level, called NAD.

As you get older, NAD production slows and your energy supply dwindles. That’s probably where the ageing process begins.

But previous studies have shown that giving NAD directly to mice hasn’t had much of an effect. On the other hand, mice are able to quickly absorb NMN and convert it into the energy fuel of NAD.

The best source of NMN is broccoli – but if the thought of munching on those green, flowering heads makes you wince, try preparing it in a different way.

You can eat broccoli raw, but I find it much more delicious to lightly roast it with some olive oil or quickly steam it with some lemon. Don’t overdo it, though, since broccoli tends to lose its nutritional value the longer you cook it.

And eating it is really the best way to benefit from broccoli’s anti-ageing properties, especially since there’s no high quality NMN supplement available right now.

You can also turn back time with other NMN-rich green veggies like edamame, avocado, cucumbers, and cabbage.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

Natural compound reduces signs of ageing in healthy mice, sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161027122047.htm

Cooking (Or Not Cooking) Broccoli To Protect Its Nutritional Riches, npr.org/sections/thesalt/2011/10/11/141238716/cooking-or-not-cooking-broccoli-to-protect-its-nutritional-riches

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