new element found in cells reverses aging
Posted by: Panchito ()
Date: December 20, 2013 10:09PM
"Their research focused on a chemical called NAD. Its levels naturally drop in all cells of the body with age.
The team showed this disrupted the function of the cell's in-built powerstations, mitochondria, leading to lower energy production and ageing.
Experiments showed that boosting NAD levels, by giving mice a chemical which they naturally convert into NAD, could reverse the sands of time.
One week of youth-medication in two-year-old mice meant their muscles became akin to those of a six-month-old in terms of mitochondrial function, muscle wastage, inflammation and insulin resistance.
Dr Ana Gomes, from the department of genetics at Harvard Medical School, said: "We believe this is quite an important finding." "
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