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In a paper published in Cell Metabolism, a team of researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis reports that nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN), an enzyme that plays a key role in energy metabolism, found in broccoli, had a Benjamin Button-like effect when added to drinking water of normal aging mice.

The rodents’ metabolism was boosted, age-associated weight gain lowered, eyesight improved and blood sugar levels improved. In short, Mickey, Algernon and company acted younger than their age. Though the study didn’t track how long furry subjects survived, the NMN-related improvements suggest that the boosts would extend longevity.

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    It’s quite a leap though from NMN to broccoli without any quantitative data.