New year. New you.
It turns out the phrase might not just be a figure of speech anymore. Because an exciting new study is promising to upend everything we think we know about aging.
Most importantly, it could unlock a way to “slow aging” down.
Researchers say this age-fighting solution may help reverse the damage we see from cognitive decline, stroke, spinal injuries, and more.
Plus, it could help protect us from deadly neurodegenerative diseases.
And, incredibly, it may even help extend your life
But what it DOES isn’t the only exciting part of this new research. WHERE you get it, is impressive too.
Because this “miracle molecule” is already hiding inside your body
Age-defying compound helps form NEW neurons
The key is a molecule called butyrate.
Never heard of it? I’m not surprised. Most people… even many doctors… never have.
Butyrate is a short-chain fatty acid produced by the microbes in your gut. And, typically, it doesn’t get a whole lot of attention.
But that could be about to change in a BIG way.
Experiments on mice reveal how this compound could play a vital role in both aging and protection from the conditions that often rack up as we add candles to our cakes.
In the experiments, they found that older mice maintained the ability to produce this critical fatty acid. Then, they transferred those microbes into young mice that had no bacteria of their own.
What happened next is the game-changer…
Those microbes from the old mice immediately began cranking out butyrate. And that, in turn, triggered the formation of critical new neurons in the brain.
Then, they tried to cut out the middleman. Instead of giving the young mice those microbes, they gave them a direct shot of butyrate.
Once again, it went straight to work, making those all-important neurons.
Break out the butyrate for a “younger” you
The results were so promising the researchers believe it will work the other way around too. They think that increasing butyrate in older mice could do even more… helping to regenerate neurons to fight aging and chronic disease.
And that could mean higher levels of butyrate could help older humans, too. Which, to be honest, isn’t a stretch when you consider what we ALREADY know about this stuff.
Studies have found that raising butyrate could help…
- control blood sugar
- fight cancer
- slash inflammation
The researchers behind the new study say they believe butyrate can be added to food to create a new class of age-defying functional foods.
But you don’t really need to add it to food because you can already get it from what you’re eating.
A study last year found that an important class of carbohydrates can trigger your gut bacteria to produce more butyrate.
They’re called resistant starches, and they act as prebiotics (food for the friendly germs inside your body), so the bugs can pump out more butyrate.
Some of the best resistant starches include green bananas and plantains, lentils, and just about all of the beans used in soups and stews, as well as oats and certain nuts such as cashews.