Are cranberries the fountain of youth?
A new study suggests that the antioxidant power of cranberries may extend life. (Cogipix / shutterstock)
Published Saturday, December 28, 2013 7:34PM EST
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 percent cranberry extract during three biological stages of their lives, which correspond in humans with young adulthood, middle age, and old age.
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 in the study found that eating cranberries, which are rich in phytochemicals, reduced cellular damage caused by environmental stress.