Discovered: Elixir Of Youth (It’s Not What You Think)

“Bodybuilder Ernestine Shepherd, 78, attributes her youthful looks to diet and exercise. But scientists now say they will soon be able to do much more with drugs”

By Ian Johnston | Independent

Scientists in the US claim to have discovered a natural compound found in avocado, broccoli, and cucumber that has “remarkable anti-aging effects in mice” – and could also work on humans.


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The researchers, who have started clinical trials involving a small group of people, said older mice given the compound, called NMN, in their water saw an array of beneficial effects. Their level of physical activity increased, bone density and muscles improved, the immune system and liver performed better, their eyesight improved and they even lost weight.

As animals get older, they produce less NAD and it is thought this is a part of the aging process. Attempts to add extra NAD failed, so the researchers looked for a way to boost its production in the body.

They gave mice NMN, also found in cabbage and edamame, in their drinking water to see if this would boost levels of NAD and have a rejuvenating effect.

Asked if this worked, lead researcher Professor Shin-ichiro Imai, of Washington University in St Louis, said: “The answer is basically yes. As a matter of fact, NMN has remarkable anti-ageing effects in mice.

“Those NMN [fed] mice definitely have longer health-span – entire lifespan, we’re not sure, but if this keeps working in this way they could have a longer lifespan as well.


“We have shown a way to slow the physiologic decline that we see in aging mice. This means older mice have metabolism and energy levels resembling that of younger mice.”

And he expressed optimism that the clinical trials with human subjects, underway in Japan, would produce similar results.

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“Since human cells rely on this same energy production process, we are hopeful this will translate into a method to help people remain healthier as they age,” he said.

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