Anti Aging Agents in Sprouts

Anti-AgingAgents In The Produce Aisle

Antioxidant-Rich Fruits, Veggies TurnBack Clock

Erik Nelson, Special To Channel 300

April 6, 1999

MEDFORD, Mass.

New research shows turning back the clock may be as easy astaking a trip to the grocery store.

U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers at Tufts University have slowed --and even reversed -- the aging process in rats by feeding them diets fortifiedwith certain fruits and vegetables, reported CBS News.

"We prevented both some brain and some behavioral changes that one normallysees in these rats when they hit 15 months," USDA spokesman Jim Josephsaid. Foods such as blueberries, strawberries, spinach, and kale are all high inorac value, a measure of antioxidants in food. Other foods with high in oracvalue include prunes, raisins, brussel sprouts, blackberries, plums, alfalfasprouts, broccoli florets, beets, red bell peppers, oranges and red grapes.

Middle-aged rats fed a high-orac diet had less memory loss.Even more amazing, the older rats began walking like younger rats. Researcherscredit free radical-fighting antioxidants.

"It's pretty well accepted that aging is due to the production of freeradicals, so anything we can do nutritionally to provide additional antioxidantsis likely to protect us in the process of aging," said USDA researcher RonPrior.

The findings are preliminary, and so far apply only to rats.But researchers said it's possible a daily serving of leafy greens, blueberriesor strawberries are a valuable addition to an already healthy diet.