Scientists claim to have discovered a new anti-ageing pill that they say could help humans live up to 150 years.
Scientists claim to have discovered a new anti-ageing pill that they say could help humans live up to 150 years. The new technique developed by Harvard Professor David Sinclair and researchers from the University of New South Wales could also allow people to regrow their organs by as early as 2020. According to Dr Sinclair, the process, which involves reprogramming cells, could even help patients suffering from paralysis to move again.
The researchers found that the lifespan of mice given a vitamin B derivative pill was increased by at least 10 per cent. They also discovered that the pill could also have positive effects, including a reduction in hair loss due to ageing as well as increased metabolism in older adults. With human trials due in 2020, the researchers hoped the pill would be available to the public within five years and cost the same as your daily cup of coffee.
Basically, the science behind the new technique involves the molecule nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), which is found in all living cells. NAD plays a vital role in regulating cellular ageing and maintaining proper body functions. The chemical is already used as a supplement for treating Parkinson’s disease and also for fighting jet lag.
“We do not recommend people go out and take NAD precursors as they have not yet formally tested for safety,” Professor Sinclair said.
Professor Sinclair said that his biological age has dropped by 24 years after taking the pill. He said his father, 79, is now whitewater-rafting and backpacking after using the molecule a year-and-a-half ago. The professor also said that his sister-in-law, who had hit menopause in her 40s, is now fertile again after using the pills.
The professor, however, warned people not to try to reverse the ageing process before the science has been published or peer-reviewed.