Scientists Identify Plant Extracts That May Slow Down Ageing Process

ageing processDo you, like many others, fret over aging? Well, you need not to panic over ageing anymore! A team of Canadian scientists claim to have identified plant extracts that may slow ageing.

Researchers, from Concordia University and the Quebec-based biotech company Idunn Technologies have found that certain chemicals naturally present in these plant extracts can slow the biological ageing process and increase longevity.

According to the team of researchers, these plant extracts contain six best groups of anti-aging molecules ever seen, and one among them is a specific extract of Willow bark.

The use of Willow bark dates back to ancient Greek times when people were advised to chew on the bark to reduce pain, fever and inflammation. Also known as “nature’s aspirin”, Willow bark is also used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Now researchers affirm this old herb has the potential to slow ageing process and extend longevity. In the study, Willow bark appeared significantly effective in increasing the average and maximum chronological lifespan of yeast by 475 percent and 369 percent, respectively, showcasing much greater effect than the two best drugs known for their anti-aging effects, namely rapamycin and metformin.

Since aging progresses similarly in both yeast and humans, the The Concordia/Idunn research team carried out over 10,000 trials involving yeast and examined how plant extracts would increase the chronological lifespan of yeast.

“In total, we found six new groups of molecules that decelerate the chronological ageing of yeast,” said study’s senior author Vladimir Titorenko, professor at Concordia University in Montreal.

“These six extracts have been recognized as non-toxic by Health Canada, and already exhibit recognized health benefits in humans,” says Eric Simard, founder of Idunn Technologies.

The team hails study as significant as it not only provides insight into how the process of aging can be slowed down, but also offers means to slow down, and even prevent, the onset of certain age related disease, including cancer.

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.”

“These results also provide new insights into mechanisms through which chemicals extracted from certain plants can slow biological aging,” adds Titorenko.

The Concordia/Idunn researchers’ discovery is reported in a paper published in the journal Oncotarget.