Rare spiny thrift contains amazing anti-aging compounds

A team of researchers from the University of Algarve, the University of Lisbon, Selcuk University, and the University of Mauritius discovered that sea rose (Armeria pungens), also known as the spiny thrift, is a great anti-aging compound. The study, published in the journal Industrial Crops and Products, examined the anti-aging properties of the leaf and flower extracts of sea rose.

  • The research team prepared ethyl acetate, acetone, ethanol, and water extracts from flowers, stalks, and leaves of sea rose.
  • They measured the antioxidant properties, such as neuroprotective, anti-diabetic, anti-wrinkles and anti-melanogenic activities, and compounds of the extracts.
  • They found 19 phenolic compounds in the extracts, such as flavonoids, hydroxybenzoic and hydroxycinnamic acids, and catechin – the main compound.
  • Results revealed the following:
    • The ethanol sea rose leaf extract exhibited the greatest radical-scavenging and copper-chelating activities.
    • The acetone stalk extract showed the highest iron-chelating activity.
    • Water and ethanol leaf extracts inhibited acetylcholinesterase (AchE) the most.
    • Only the leaf ethanol extract significantly inhibited both AchE and butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) as well as lipase.
  • Overall, ethanol extracts from leaves and flowers of sea rose exhibited the most promising anti-aging properties.

The research team concluded that the leaf and flower extracts of sea rose can be used in natural products as an anti-aging agent.

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Journal Reference:

Rodrigues MJ, Perieira CA, Oliveira M, Neng NR, Nogueira JMF, Zengin G, Mahomoodally MF, Custodio L. SEA ROSE (ARMERIA PUNGENS (LINK) HOFFMANNS. & LINK) AS A POTENTIAL SOURCE OF INNOVATIVE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS FOR ANTI-AGEING APPLICATIONS. Industrial Crops and Products. 1 October 2018; 121(1): 205-257. DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2018.05.018

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