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Apple Polyphenols Found To Extend Lifespan Of Laboratory Insects

February 14, 2011: 09:42 AM EST
Research by Chinese scientists has found evidence that apple polyphenols acting on harmful free radicals extended the lifespan of fruit flies and also helped maintain their ability to walk, climb and move about. According to the researchers, the beneficial effects, including anti-aging activity, of the apple polyphenols were  “at least in part, mediated by their interaction with genes SOD, CAT, MTH, and Rpn11.” The interaction led to a 10 percent extension of the lifespan of the test insects and reversed the levels of various biochemical substances used as markers for age-related decline and impending death in older fruit flies.
Cheng Peng, et al., "Apple Polyphenols Extend the Mean Lifespan of Drosophila melanogaster", Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, February 14, 2011, © American Chemical Society
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