A possible fountain of youth may have been discovered by scientists in 2013 and reported in the University Herald.
Researchers from Harvard University and The University of New South Wales in Australia studied mice to confirm the effectiveness of a compound that was suggested has anti-aging properties. What was discovered was that the compound restored the biological efficiency of aged cells and reversed the damage in aged muscles in mice.
The mice were injected with nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) for 7 days. NAD, a compound that slowly decreases in our bodies as we age, reversed a number of aging “key indicators”. Researchers said the2 year old mice “were testing as if they were but six months old.”
“We mapped the pathway to aging carefully,” Dr. Nigel Turner of the University of NSW, told media in Australia. “But it was a real surprise to see the markers of aging move back so quickly in just a week.”
Researchers wrote that these changes are the equivalent of a 60-year-old human feeling as if they were 20 again.
Researchers are not calling this compound the fountain of youth yet, but they are optimistic that they are on to something.
Dr. Turner suggested that the team is not driven to helping people live longer but instead to offer older people a better and healthier quality of life as they age.
“People think anti-aging research is about us wanting to make people live until they are 200, but the goal is really to help people be healthy longer into old age,” he said.
He added that although the research is, at this time, focused on muscle tissue, it could have benefits on body organs and help delay and prevent many diseases and health problems normally associated with old age.
“Whether that means we’ll all live to 150, I don’t know, but the important part is that we don’t spend the last 20 to 30 years of our lives in bad health,” Turner added.
NAD can be purchased over the counter in many pharmacies and health food stores.
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