A simple strawberry compound has researchers talking about what could turn out to be an anti-aging breakthrough.
Scientists at the Salk institute have been studying fisetin, a potent antioxidant plant compound, for over a decade. But their latest research could turn out to be a huge leap forward in our fight against brain aging.
According to the animal study published in the Journals of Gerontology Series A, there’s evidence that fisetin fights cognitive decline in the aging brain by shutting down brain cell inflammation.1
In other words, the strawberry extract could help our brains stay nimble and quick.
And the good news doesn’t end there.
Anti-aging extract could protect against Alzheimer’s
According to the researchers, fisetin may also be effective against stroke, Alzheimer’s and other age-related neurodegenerative diseases.
Earlier research by Salk scientists’ revealed fisetin slashed memory loss in mice specifically bred to develop Alzheimer’s disease. In the new study researchers focused on specially bred mice that were genetically altered to age quickly.
Half of the mice got normal mouse food. But the other half got a daily dose of the anti-aging strawberry extract with their meals for seven months.
Throughout the study, the rodents regularly took activity and memory tests. Plus the researchers tracked their brain proteins, inflammation levels and response to stress.
Typically, by 10 months rapid-aging mice begin to look like far older rodents. They start to show signs of the mental and physical decline usually seen in senior mice.
But according to Pamela Maher, senior staff scientist at Salk’s Cellular Neurobiology Lab, the mice that got the fisetin spiked chow weren’t typical at all.
“At 10 months, the differences between these two groups were striking,” Maher said.
The mice which weren’t lucky enough to score the strawberry extract had trouble with the cognition tests. And their stress and inflammation levels skyrocketed.
Fisetin fights brain aging and memory loss
The rodents on the fisetin supplement, however, had the brains of much younger mice. In fact, when compared to a group of three-month-old mice the researchers weren’t able to see any real differences in cognitive ability, behavior or inflammation markers between the two groups!
In other words, the brains of the mice genetically modified to age rapidly had stayed young.
Now we aren’t mice of course. But there’s a reason scientists choose to use mice in so many experiments. There are many similarities between how mouse and human bodies work.
According to Maher, the supplement could turn out to be a true breakthrough in anti-aging, helping to protect us against Alzheimer’s and brain aging.
In fact, there’s every reason to believe that the potent flavonoid will have similar effects in human brains. Which is why the Salk scientists have committed to doing human trials next.
But you don’t have to wait for that research to be completed. The researchers say natural fisetin had no side effects, even at high doses.
Besides strawberries, you can get more fisetin by eating…
- cucumbers (with skin still on)
Is it just me or does that look like a shopping list for a delicious summer salad?
But the truth is it’s tough to get enough fisetin to fight brain aging through food alone. So while adding more fisetin-rich foods to your diet is definitely a good idea, you might want to think about taking a supplement too. Fisetin supplements are available online, and in health food stores.
Oh, and as a bonus research has hinted that fisetin may also have some diabetes and cancer fighting benefits too.
1. “Fisetin Reduces the Impact of Aging on Behavior and Physiology in the Rapidly Aging SAMP8 Mouse,” J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2017 glx104. Published: 02 June 2017, doi: 10.1093/gerona/glx104, Accessed 7/26/2017
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