Is Broccoli the Secret Fountain of Youth? A New Study Says Yes

POPSUGAR Photography | Jae Payne
POPSUGAR Photography | Jae Payne

While broccoli has long been considered a necessary superfood packed with vitamins, protein, and more, a recent study is suggesting it can also ward off signs of aging. The Washington University School of Medicine study, published in Cell Metabolism, used mice to look at how a specific enzyme found in greens like broccoli, cucumbers, and edamame can delay some of the inconveniences that come with age.

The aforementioned enzyme is nicotinamide mononucleotide, or NMN, and when given to aging mice, the enzyme allowed the subjects to more efficiently use up that enzyme as energy, thereby also preventing them from gaining weight! Over time, the subjects' blood sugar levels also improved, as did their eyesight.

While the researchers are unsure if NMN increases longevity, its effect on the subjects' energy levels is remarkable. One of the researchers, Shin-ichiro Imai, is hopeful about the enzyme having similar results on humans. He said, "Since human cells rely on this same energy production process, we are hopeful this will translate into a method to help people remain healthier as they age."

If that were to be the case, it means that consistent consumption of broccoli and other vegetables could delay diseases and other health problems associated with old age. Your mother was right about eating your greens!