Oranges for a Younger Look

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Stem cell research has not made much headway as the conversion of adult cells into stem cells is still inefficient. Called induced pleuripotent stem cells, they behave like embryonic stem cells. Looking for ways to reverse the situation, a team found Vitamin C handy, surprisingly. The compound helped a complete and successful transition of adult mouse and human cells into stem cells while keeping ageing at bay. Vitamin C, derived from citrus fruits, is a powerful antioxidant; it cures common cold and now its ability to slow cell ageing increased its worth. Other antioxidants could not produce the same result.


Down To Earth, January 2010