A new study has unveiled the most effective way of slowing aging molecules to date may lie in plant extracts. So nature it seems, may well offer the key to youth.
The study published in the journal Oncotarget by researchers from Concordia and the Quebec-based biotech company Idunn Technologies may have uncovered an important factor: plant extracts containing the six best groups of anti-aging molecules ever seen.
Dr Jay Olshansky, from the University of Illinois Chicago, says that the ability to slow the aging process and prolong youth would be the most important medical discovery in the modern era. A new study, recently published in the journal Oncotarget,may add weight to his words.
Researchers from Concordia University, and the Quebec-based biotech company Idunn Technologies, believe that they have uncovered an important factor in the ongoing battle against aging and age related illness. They recently isolated six groups of anti-aging molecules from plant extracts – and they are the most effective anti-aging molecules discovered to date.
The team conducted over 10, 000 trials, based on the data in Idunn Technologies extensive biological library, to screen for plant extracts that increase the chronological lifespan of yeast.
Why Yeast Is Important To Maintaining Our Youth:
You may well ask yourself, why the researches concentrated on extracts which extend the longevity of yeast.
The simple answer is that, at a cellular level, aging progresses similarly in both yeast and humans. Therefore, yeast is the best cellular model that scientists can use to understand how the anti-aging process takes place in the human body and what they can do to prolong our youth.
Vladimir Titorenko, the study’s senior author and a professor in the Department of Biology at Concordia says: “In total, we found six new groups of molecules that decelerate the chronological aging of yeast.” He carried out the youth preservation study in accordance with a group of Concordia students, as well as the founder of Idunn Technologies, Eric Simard.
Successful Anti-Aging Fights Disease:
The study is significant, not only because it provides a means by which to slow down the process of aging, but also because it allows scientists the opportunity to slow down, and even prevent, the onset of age related disease.
Simard says; “Rather than focus on curing the individual disease, interventions on the molecular processes of aging can simultaneously delay the onset and progression of most age-related disorders. This kind of intervention is predicted to have a much larger effect on healthy aging and life expectancy than can be attained by treating individual diseases.” Simard also notes that these new youth preserving molecules will soon be available on the commercial market.
“These results also provide new insights into mechanisms through which chemicals extracted from certain plants can slow biological aging,” says Titorenko.
The Longevity-Extending Property Of Willow Bark:
The Concordia/Idunn researchers’ most impressive discovery has been that of a specific extract of Willow bark which has been found to be the most potent longevity-extending pharmaceutical yet described in scientific papers.
Willow bark has historically, and most commonly, been consumed to relieve pain and fever, however, this study has shown that it increases the average and maximum chronological lifespan of yeast by 475% and 369% respectively. These results top those of even the two most effective known anti-aging drugs; rapamycin and metformin.
“These six extracts have been recognized as non-toxic by Health Canada, and already exhibit recognized health benefits in humans,” says Simard.
“But first, more research must be done. That’s why Idunn Technologies is collaborating with four other universities for six research programs, to go beyond yeast, and work with an animal model of aging, as well as two cancer models.