Compound found in Japanese herbal plant effective to slow down aging in cultured human cells

Written by Logical Men

Science has come down a long way, today scientists know a solution to a lot of things as compared to the past and this is all because of the scientific method of the research. The advancement in the medical field is quite important for the added years of quality life in the humans. Without this advancement, there wouldn’t have been treatment to a lot of things. Recently a compound found in Japanese plants was termed helpful in anti-aging. The experiment was conducted on the yeast, worms and the cultures human cells. The aging of the humans is caused by specific changes in the cells. Most of the anti-aging attempt to counter these changes in the cells. A process called autophagy is normally targeted in this anti-aging process. Autophagy is known as a process which replaces the dead cells with the new and healthy ones. It would be safe to call it as a recycling process.

Flavonoids were tested by Frank Madeo from Graz University, as these plant derived molecules are known to promote the cellular health and well-being. There are also wide ranges of potential health benefits from this plant. A particular flavonoid 4,4’-dimethoxychalcone (DMC) was found to be helping in a long life. This particular compound is normally found in the leaves of Angelica keiskei koidzumi and in the local Japanese language this plant is often called with the name Ashitaba which is translated as Tomorrow’s leaf. The scientists and researchers used it on yeast, worms and fruit flies which confirmed its potential. However, these potential results just don’t mean that one should start to eat Ashitaba every day, proving its effect on the yeast and worms is one thing but turning it on the humans is totally another thing. It’s worth noting that studies on mammals rarely translate to the humans because of the different chemistry and complex mechanisms. Cultured cells are also rarely thought to be a good substitute.

However, one thing is for sure that these observations provide some necessary potential for a breakthrough. However, additional supportive research is necessary to find the efficiency of the treatment for the humans.

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