Japanese plant eaten by Samurai could be the key to slowing down aging

A According to a new study, a Japanese plant could be the key to slowing down aging, which, according to folklore, was the key to a long and healthy life.

The rare angelica keiskei koidzumi – known as ashitaba – is a staple of samurai diets for millennia and has rejuvenating properties so that if a leaf is cut in the morning, it will grow back the next day.

Scientists looking for compounds that slow down aging have discovered that one of the best products is in the ashitaba plant, which translates as "tomorrow's leaf".

Known as DMC, when the compound was administered to fruit flies and worms, it prolonged their lifespan by 20% and prevented senescence in humans …

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