Caitlin Flynn
October 28, 2016 4:10 pm

Most of our moms have given up on reminding us to eat our vegetables, but we may want to reconsider their advice — because a new study has found that broccoli may be the secret to ~eternal youth~. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine discovered that an enzyme present in foods including broccoli, cucumbers, cabbage and edamame may slow the aging process.


The mice who were treated with NMN gained less weight, converted food into energy more quickly, and had better blood sugar levels than the animals who were not given the compound.


Does this mean cabbage and edamame hold the key to the elusive fountain of youth? “If you do the math, I wouldn’t say it’s impossible entirely, but probably very difficult to get the whole amount [you need] simply from natural foods,” says Dr. Shin-Ichiro Imai, senior author of the paper, according to TIME.

However, the results of the first study were promising enough that researchers can hone in their focus on how NMN interacts with other anti-aging compounds — all of which are involved in the energy-making process.

So, although broccoli won’t make you live forever, it certainly can’t hurt to incorporate more of these foods into your diet — at the very least, you’ll probably see an increase in your energy level. It looks like our moms were right all along.