Skip to comments.Scientists Develop An 'Elixir' That Reverses A Known Cause Of Aging
Posted on 12/22/2013 1:43:02 AM PST by Windflier
To date, we know of only two things that can reverse the effects of aging: caloric restriction and extensive exercise. But in a recent experiment, researchers applied a new compound to 2-year old mice, causing their muscles to regenerate to 6-month old levels. Incredibly, human trials may start next year.
The new compound, nicotinamide mono nucleotide (NMN), worked surprisingly quickly when tested on mice. When administered early enough in the aging process, it was found to work within one week; the muscles of older 2-year old mice were "indistinguishable" from the younger 6-month old animals. It improved muscle wastage, restored mitochondrial function and communication, and improved inflammation and insulin resistance, both of which are known causes of aging.
To put it into perspective, this result was like regenerating the muscles of a 60-year old human to those of a 20-year old.
Quite obviously, this comparison should be taken with a grain of salt; human aging and metabolism is quite different from that of mice. What's more, muscle strength did not improve (though the researchers are hoping to correct that). It's also an example of partial age reversal; the mice still have other age-related problems, like neurodegenerative decline and the shortening of telomeres.
But let's not get too down on the findings. What these Harvard Medical School researchers did is nothing short of amazing. Aging reversal. Moreover, the scientists are optimistic that the same compound will benefit healthy, young humans. To that end, the researchers are hoping to conduct human trials late next year.
Puts me in mind of the STARGATE episode where RDA is afflicted with the rapid aging agent predominate on some planet. Of course, this is reversed in his case at the end, but not before he is interviewed by a native accustomed to a lifespan of a few weeks who asks him how long his race lives. He says, “eighty years”, and his correspondent says, “that’s forever,” and he says , “almost.”
old soviet science.
I wonder if this will work with patients that have ALS?
I’ll volunteer for the trial.
Keep it away from Demonrats.
Are they talking about nicotine?
“Ill volunteer for the trial.
I had this nightmare that they would find something that would stop aging. When I’m 78 years old. Hell, it’s too late for me NOW.
Watch how fast this is buried....cant have people living longer...pop. grows too fast as is....only very “special” important people will ever see this up close....
They are talking about a molecule that is widely used in biological systems often as an enzyme or co-factor - not tobacco, its most famous usage.
Not a bad name for a band, though.
Reminds me of a story I once read in I think Omni mag when I was a kid. Rich guy buys new immortality drug. Everyone is excited although only the very rich can afford it. At the rich guy's press conference, someone broke through the crowd and shot him in the head.
Vitamin B3 AKA Niacin
Now we know why they’ve been putting out all the antivitamin talking points lately.
There is mention of niacin, vitamin B3, which has long been known to improve muscle strength.
...nicotinamide mono nucleotide (NMN)... improved muscle wastage, restored mitochondrial function and communication, and improved inflammation and insulin resistance, both of which are known causes of aging.Thanks Windflier.
the question of such “rememdies” I believe will always be
whether or not just drinking a “cure” a couple times actually reverses an aging condition, after which continuing to drink it is unnecessary, or if the results of the “cure” can only be sustained by NOT ever quiting a regular regimen of drinking the “cure”
as usual, as always in the past, none of these cures have ever “reversed an aging process”; they have only offset the affect, some affect of an aging process - not the process itself, and only sustained any offset with continuation of the remedy without end
What could possibly go wrong here. Courtesy phone for Smilin’ Bob! Bob please pick up!
As with all interesting results this has been brewing for a long time
Nicotinamide mononucleotide protects against pro-inflammatory cytokine-mediated impairment of mouse islet function. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21901281
Nicotinamide Mononucleotide, a Key NAD+ Intermediate, Treats the Pathophysiology of Diet- and Age-Induced Diabetes in Mice
Its useless unless it does away with facial wrinkles and sagging skin..and other stuff...:O)