Strawberries may help keep ageing at bay

Researchers at the Salk Institute have just shown that a powerful antioxidant found in strawberries, called fisetin, may help reduce signs of ageing like physical and cognitive decline.

The Salk team studied a group of 3-month-old mice that were bred to naturally age faster than regular mice. For seven months, they fed some of the mice a daily dose of fisetin with their food, and then they gave another group the same food without the additive.

Over the course of the study, the mice were given a variety of activity and memory tests to measure any changes in their brains.

At the 10-month mark, the researchers found that the mice given the fisetin were just as frisky as they were when the study started. In fact, the showed no signs of ageing any faster, with no decline in their memory function and no increase in stress or inflammation in their brains.

But the mice that weren’t fed the supplement were in trouble. They struggled with all of the memory and activity tests and showed increased stress and inflammation in their brains.

Now, mice aren’t like you and I, but there are enough similarities for us to take a closer look at this remarkable compound – because there are a lot of factors fisetin may affect.

Just recently, I shared with you how compounds in strawberries could reduce your chances of developing oral cancer. And other researchers are looking at how fisetin’s effect on inflammation may reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, pulmonary disease, and other kinds of cancer… which will all help to slowdown the ageing process.

And fisetin isn’t just found in strawberries. It’s also in mangoes, kiwis, and grapes, as well as tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers.

However, you would have to eat several pounds of them every day to get a dose big enough to boost your health.

But you can still enjoy those strawberries and other fruits and veggies without having to stuff yourself! (Just make sure they’re organic, since the berry topped this year’s “Dirty Dozen” list of foods with the highest amounts of pesticide residue.)

Fisetin supplements are reasonably priced and safe, but talk to your doctor about finding the right dosage for you, and make sure to confirm that they won’t interact with anything you’re already taking.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing

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