Some fruits with antioxidant benefits are said to only be useful at certain stages in your life. Not cranberries. A new report that conducted studies on a type of fruit fly was recently released to the public. The experiment, done at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, used two different groups of flies in their study—one that was supplemented with cranberry extract throughout their lifecycle stages, and the other that received no extract. The flies’ three biological life stages correspond to human young adulthood, middle, and old age. So, what were the results? According to the WSJ,
“Flies on the cranberry supplement during the health stage lived 25% longer than controls, on average. In the transition and senescence phases, the supplement extended the average life span of the remaining flies by 30% compared with controls.”
The flies’ health stage is compared to young adulthood in humans, with the others equivalent to human middle and old age. While these results are obviously limited to flies, they are also promising evidence that cranberries could be one of the best powerhouse fruits for getting your daily antioxidant fix.