Broccoli and cucumbers?
Ok, but wouldn’t be better if the scientists had found the “elixir of youth” in Starbucks and Krispy Kreme donuts?
Scientists in the US claim to have discovered a natural compound found in avocado, broccoli and cucumber that has “remarkable anti-ageing effects in mice” – and could also work on humans.
The researchers, who have started clinical trials involving a small group of people, said older mice given the compound, called NMN, in their water saw an array of beneficial effects. Their level of physical activity increased, bone density and muscles improved, the immune system and liver performed better, their eyesight improved and they even lost weight.
The researchers began investigating the properties of a protein called NAD, which is involved in energy production in the body.
They gave mice NMN, also found in cabbage and edamame, in their drinking water to see if this would boost levels of NAD and have a rejuvenating effect.
Asked if this worked, lead researcher Professor Shin-ichiro Imai, of Washington University in St Louis, said: “The answer is basically yes. As a matter of fact, NMN has remarkable anti-ageing effects in mice….
And he expressed optimism that the clinical trials with human subjects, underway in Japan, would produce similar results….