Metabolism is associated with many health conditions, especially later in life, but researchers discovered that broccoli and other vegetables could reduce the tell-tale signs of aging. Also, they should be part of an improved lifestyle consisting of daily or at least weekly exercises as well as healthy sleep hours.
The amount of energy produced by our bodies depends not on the food intake but the food quality, meaning that sometimes less is more. As we age, our cells start losing their capacity of producing energy.
Based on the latest study conducted by a group of scientists from the Washington University of Medicine, there is a natural compound that can slow the aging signs, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that we might be able to live longer.
Researchers conducted an experiment during which they gave a natural compound known as nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) to healthy mice to test its effect. As it turned out, this compound proved to be a reliable alternative to increasing the energy production.
Other signs of aging include a decrease in physical activity, insulin sensitivity loss, and progressive weight gain just to name a few. According to Ph.D. Shin-Ichiro Imai, a development medicine professor, older mice who took that compound had the energy level and metabolism of young mice.
One of the most important elements in energy production is nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD). As we get older, our bodies gradually create less NAD. However, Imai stresses that NAD shouldn’t be directly given to mice.
Instead, it can be administered using NMN which is found in a wide variety of vegetables such as cucumbers, avocado, cabbage, and broccoli among others. In other words, scientists believe that these vegetables can slow the occurrence of tell-tale signs of aging.
In addition, other benefits consist of a better immune function, body weight, eye function, skeletal muscle, insulin sensitivity, bone density, and liver function. It simply means that by eating more vegetables, we can develop a healthier metabolism.
Researchers underline that this project is just at the beginning, as they have to continue their investigation. Other experts believe that this study pointed to the fact that an improved lifestyle will help us remain healthier for a longer period, so we shouldn’t expect broccoli and other vegetables to keep us young forever.
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