bees-anti-aing.jpg A recent research conducted by Dr. Gro Amdam from Arizona State University has proved that the antioxidant protein vitellogenin increases the life expectancy of some worker bees. Researchers of this breakthrough study are hopeful that the results will help pharmaceutical companies develop better anti-aging drugs in the future.

Highlights of the research
a. Researchers observed worker bees who usually have a life expectancy of about four to six weeks.
b. They sometimes take on the characteristics of bees that take care of queen bees and offsprings.
c. During this process, the bees' immune system is completely renewed and the level of the antioxidant protein vitellogenin in their bodies increases.
d. Their life expectancy increases to six to ten months.
e. It was seen that only those worker bees who become caretakers go through this process.
f. Researchers believe this is due to the protein vitellogenin.
g. This protein reduces oxidative stress on bees.
h. Rejuvenated bees exhibit more of this protein in their system than ordinary worker bees.
i. Ordinary worker bees were much more vulnerable to oxidative stress than the rejuvenated bees.