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Are cranberries the fountain of youth?

by AFP/Relaxnews

AFP/Relaxnews - 2 January 2014 11:17 AM | Updated 02 Jan 2014

Are cranberries the fountain of youth?

A new study finds that cranberries have antioxidant properties that may prolong your life.

In new research to be published in the February 2014 issue of Experimental Gerontology, scientists have found that eating cranberries can extend your life significantly. The caveat: the study was conducted on fruit flies, not humans. A team from National Institute on Aging in Baltimore fed the flies sugar supplemented by two per cent cranberry extract during three biological stages of their lives, which correspond in humans with young adulthood, middle age, and old age, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Findings showed that younger flies fed cranberry extract lived 25 per cent longer than the flies in the control group, who were fed only sugar. Flies who consumed cranberry extract in middle and old age boosted their lifespan by 30 per cent.

Deeper analysis found that eating cranberries, which are rich in phytochemicals, reduced cellular damage caused by environmental stress.

Access the study here.