Antioxidant Plant Hormones: An Aging Off-Switch?

by Anna O'Byrne February 04, 2016

Antioxidant Plant Hormones: An Aging Off-Switch?

Who knew that plants have hormones? Well, if you're familiar with bioidentical hormone therapy, you'll know that plants like soy and yams are sources of estrogen.

Remember Samantha in the Sex and the City 2 movie, rubbing yams on her body in a desperate attempt to survive without prescribed hormones? That was comedy, not science, but with a grain of truth.

Samantha was on a menopause-induced mission for estrogen, just one of the many plant hormones that hold promise for human health.

Plant hormones in the cytokinin class are among the most intriguing and exciting of Moringa’s nutrients.

The tree’s fresh leaves and leaf powder contain unusually high levels of these hormones, which naturally promote growth in plants. They stimulate the regeneration of cells, production of leaves, expansion of roots and so on. What’s more, cytokinins delay the aging and death of plant tissues.

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How Anti-Aging Plant Hormones Work

Cytokinins appear to switch on growth and renewal, while switching off degeneration and cell death. In one (admittedly freakish) study, tomato plants achieved a sort of immortality with the treatment of an extract containing cytokinins: they just kept growing indefinitely. (Marcu, 103-105)

Exactly how these fountain-of-youth effects work is somewhat of a mystery. However, “experiments have shown that cytokinins like zeatin or kinetin have potent antiaging and protective effects in animals, similar to their activity in plants” (Marcu).

Dr. Monica Marcu explains, “(P)lant cytokinins might be physiologically compared to animal hormones - endogenous substances that control development, growth, metabolism” and other functions (108).

The Very Desirable Benefits

In a Danish-American study, plant hormones applied to human cells led to “significant delays in the onset of aging and cell death. The treated cells maintained much longer their youthful characteristics” (Marcu, 110).

In a similar experiment, zeatin was found to delay biochemical damage to skin cells, buoying their resistance to environmental stresses (Marcu, 111). Visible sun damage, wrinkles and roughness were found to be reduced in 8-24 weeks with use of cytokinin skin care treatments (Marcu, 112).

Beyond the visible markers of aging, zeatin has been shown to protect against neurological deterioration associated with aging. “Studies have shown that zeatin administered to mice can effectively protect them against memory and brain performance loss” (Marcu, 112).

Zeatin shows promise as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, a specific form of dementia. In enhances the efficacy of a natural substance, acetylcholine, required for effective signaling between neurons. The slowing of these transmissions is characteristic of dementia, but “(z)eatin is one of the most powerful substances that increases the amount of acetylcholine in the brain by inhibiting its degradation by specific enzymes” (Marcu, 113).

In part, plant hormones are anti-aging because of their antioxidant properties. Zeatin neutralizes free radicals that promote aging. It boosts the activity of antioxidant enzymes, acting “synergistically with other inner antiaging molecules, orchestrating a stronger offensive against senescence”, or aging (Marcu, 111).

Get Your Own Anti-Aging Plant Hormones 

Anyone interested in looking and thinking younger, longer, will be gratified to learn that the zeatin concentrations in Moringa are “thousands of times more concentrated than in most plants studied so far” (Marcu, 114).

While the biochemists tinker with zeatin in test tubes, you can be getting your daily dose with a SuperLeaf Moringa smoothie, or slamming back your anti-aging elixir with your beverage of choice. Get started today!


Dr. Marcu, Monica, The Miracle Tree.


Anna O'Byrne
Anna O'Byrne


Anna O'Byrne is co-author of The Moringa Breakthrough, and part of the team behind SuperLeaf™ Moringa. She manages the social media, writes web content and runs digital marketing for SuperLeaf™ Moringa and Natural Calm Canada.

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