I’m not a big fan of living a long, long time. I just don’t want to shrivel up into a tiny bunch of bones and little muscle, so I’m not sure how I feel about living an extended lifespan.
What’s more important to me is being able to improve my quality of life as I get older. That’s where I have some problems with this newly discovered compound called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD+ for short.
“NAD+ is the closest we’ve gotten to a fountain of youth,” says David Sinclair, co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School. “It’s one of the most important molecules for life to exist, and without it, you’re dead in 30 seconds.”
NAD+ molecule exists in living cells and helps to regulate aging and function in the body. The levels of NAD+ diminishes over time as we age.
Scientist but a compound the water to test on mice that increased their NAD+ levels. Within a short period of time scientists could not see the difference between a 2-year-old mouse and a 4-month-old one.
Test are being done to see if humans will have similar results. One researcher already has noticed an increase in energy and mental quickness.
A company called Elysium is currently selling a supplement with NAD+ increasing compounds, called Basis.