Rose flower extracts increase lifespan in mice via up-regulation of antioxidant enzymes. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Rose (Rosa rugosa)-flower extract increases the activities of antioxidant enzymes and their gene expression and reduces lipid peroxidation.
Biochem Cell Biol. 2005 Feb;83(1):78-85. PMID: 15746969
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, China. email@example.com
The effects of rose-flower extract on antioxidant enzymes were studied. The activities of catalase (CAT) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) in 9-month-old senescence-accelerated mice (SAM mice) were lower than those in 6-month-old SAM mice. Therefore, 9-month-old SAM mice were the most appropriate targets for treatment with the rose-flower extract. The activities of CAT and GPx in SAM mice treated with rose-flower extract showed a marked increase in whole blood and liver. At the same time, the gene-expression level of CAT and GPx was upregulated in the liver, while malondialdehyde content in liver and brain decreased. Male SAM mice were more sensitive than female SAM mice. The mean and the longest lifespan of SAM mice were longer after treatment with rose-flower extract.