While it may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, researchers have actually discovered that a certain compound could help reverse the effects of time by improving our metabolism, boosting our energy, and improving our insulin sensitivity. And it gets better: This compound is found in some fruits and veggies.
Studies at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that ingesting nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN), which our bodies already produce naturally, has a positive, anti-aging effect on animals. Because the animal studies were such a success, researchers plan to continue trials on humans.
The animal study, which was published in Cell Metabolism, revealed that older mice that drank water supplemented with NMN saw improvements in metabolism and energy reserves. Interestingly, the enhanced water did not affect younger mice. That’s because our NMN supply diminishes as we age, so the older mice actually needed the supplement.
NMN is found in fruits and veggies such as avocados, broccoli, cabbage, edamame, and cucumbers. So does this mean that if we binge on veggies that we’ll live forever? Not exactly. The supplement that the mice drank was much higher in NMN than vegetables are. While we are unable to eat enough veggies to replicate the exact effects of the study, heading for the produce aisle could still prove to have some anti-aging perks. „Eating these veggies might have some accumulative effect on the neuro-body connection,“ says study author Shin-ichiro Imai, MD, PhD, a professor at Washington University School of Medicine.
And don’t expect instant anti-aging—the effects will likely occur over a prolonged period of time. Stick with your recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, which is about ¼ to ½ of your plate at any given meal. Here, experts share the types foods that can help turn back time.