Fountain of Youth Found in a Pill?
I saw this article in the Daily Mail and at first I thought it was a sponsored ad, but then I realized it wasn’t.
‘Stunning anti-ageing breakthrough could see humans live to 150 and regenerate organs by 2020 ‘for the price of a coffee a day’
The highlights read:
- “could see the aging process in humans reduced by 50 years”
- “mice given the pill lived 10% longer”
- “could be available to the public in five years following human testing”- which is supposed to start within two years.
It all surrounds a little molecule called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) that is a derivative of vitamin B3 that plays an important role in generating energy in the body.
After doing some research, it turns out- NAD is not really “new”. I found that NAD occurs naturally in the body and is used in chemical processes that generate energy. However, it’s not new as a supplement either. After a quick Amazon search, I stopped counting at 10 different companies marketing forms of NAD. Reading the article further you will find statements like “We do not recommend people go out and take NAD precursors as they have not yet been formally tested for safety.” This translates to that there hasn’t been enough time from the initial discovery to be able to slap on official labels, restrictions, etc- things which will indeed make the claim “price of a coffee a day” un-achievable. “New” probably means that the holistic and naturopathic communities are out in the forefront of the scientific community.
It’s very encouraging to learn that the supplement has already been used for Parkinson’s patients, jet lag, and even age-related hair loss. It seems to help with mental functions, such as clarity, alertness, and memory. It has also been used for improving athletic performance and treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Other points of interest in the article include a claim by the research professor that his biological age has dropped 24 years since taking the pill. I’m not sure exactly what he meant by that statement, but his sister-in-law claims that after already beginning the transition to menopause she has become fertile again after taking the treatment. Also, his 79 year old father claims he has been taking the pill for a year and a half and has since begun backpacking and white water rafting.
This product seems to show promise and I think it’s worth your time to research for yourself. I personally plan on selecting a version of this supplement soon and giving it a try!