Antioxidants in black rice have prolonged the life of fruit flies by 14%, say scientists from China.
Antioxidants inhibit the effects of reactive oxygen species in the body, which attack cells and are responsible for ageing. Black rice, rich in antioxidants and widely consumed in China, is associated with a reduction in the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s also been claimed to possess anti-ageing activity. Zhen-Yu Chen and colleagues from The Chinese University of Hong Kong fed antioxidants in black rice extract to fruit flies and observed that the flies lived longer than they normally would. Their mean lifespan increased from 44 days to 50 days…
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Link to journal article
Black Rice Extract Extends the Lifespan of Fruit Flies, Yuanyuan Zuo, Cheng Peng, Yintong Liang, Ka Ying Ma, Hongjian Yu, Ho Yin Edwin Chan and Zhen-Yu Chen, Food Funct., 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2FO30135K