SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean research team has confirmed that elaidic acid in olive oil has excellent anti-aging benefits.
Animals living in a relatively cold environment, particularly cold-blooded animals, are known to have the tendency to live longer than those living in warmer climates.
The reasons for the difference, however, has yet to be fully explained as experts are trying to figure out if low temperatures have any role in longevity.
A research team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) conducted an experiment on caenorhabditis elegans, a type of eelworm that is commonly used for longevity-related tests due to its short life span of only three weeks.
The eelworms are known to live twice as long in a cold environment (15°C) than in warm climates (25°C).
The research team found that the eelworm needs to maintain enough elaidic acid through a protein known as Mediator 15 to achieve longevity in lower temperatures.
Lipid homeostasis regulated by Mediator 15 increases the level of elaidic acid, which raises the quality of protein to achieve longevity.
In other words, Mediator 15 creates enough enzymes that produce unsaturated fatty acid that helps low-temperature-induced longevity.
Olive oil contains large quantities of elaidic acid – 55 to 85 percent of the oil is composed of elaidic acid.
“Outside temperature and other environmental factors regulate in-vivo lipid and homeostasis of protein that leads to anti-aging effects and longevity,” said professor Lee Seung-jae, head of the research team.
“Our research has proven that consumption of certain fatty acid leads to health-related results.”
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