Miracle drug taking years off your life?
Everyone wants to look and feel young, right?
According to David Sinclair, co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center of Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School, thanks to a new compound, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD+, just might be the answer for the fountain of youth!
NAD+ is a molecule found in all living cells and is critical for regulating cellular aging and maintaining proper function of the whole body. Levels of NAD+ in people and animals diminish significantly over time, and researchers have found the re-upping NAD+ in mice cause them to look and feel younger, as well as live longer than expected. After just a couple of hours, the researchers could no longer tell the difference between the tissues of a 2-month-old and a 4-month-old.
Now scientists are trying to do the same with humans. During randomized control tests, people are finding the same results.
Sinclair said he takes an NAD+ upper daily. Anecdotally, he said, he doesn’t experience jet lag, he talks faster, feels sharper and younger. His 78-year-old father is now taking one daily too. “He used to act and sound like Eeyore, (you know, the tired donkey in
Winnie-the-Pooh). “Now he’s going on six-day hikes and traveling around the world.”
Sinclair is cautious to say they haven’t actually proven it works, but that if it’s going to work, he wants to be one of the ones to show it.
And there is already competition. Sinclair plans to take his NAD+ research through the FDA approval process to create a pill that could be prescribed by a doctor or purchased over the counter, but another company, Elysium, is already selling a supplement called Basis that contains compounds to boost levels of NAD+.
According to Leonard Guarantee, Elysium’s chief scientist and co-founder, Basis is not intended to extend people’s lifespans, but to help them stay healthier for longer.
While studies and clinical trials are still ongoing, research may finally prove whether NAD+ is THE health-extending compound they hope it is.
So what would you do to look and feel younger? Would you try it? I, for one, think I’ll hold off until more trials and research is completed, but who doesn’t want to feel better and younger?
People are living longer, so of course, we want to feel young while doing all that extra living! Hopefully, at least one answer has been found!