A vitamin called nicotinamide riboside (NR), which is known to boost metabolism, has been found by research teams from Switzerland, Canada and Brazil to have regenerative properties.
Many people want to live forever: the problem, specifically, is the fact that humans are made to expire. Our cells just won’t regenerate into eternity.
But a new finding published in the journal Science could be working towards changing this, or, at least slowing down the aging process.
CTVnews.ca is reporting that a vitamin called nicotinamide riboside (NR), which is known to boost metabolism, has been found by research teams from Switzerland, Canada and Brazil to have regenerative properties.
All the sources of this vitamin are not yet known but scientists say it can be found in milk and, surprisingly, in beer.
You can currently buy NR as a dietary supplement, and there are no existing guidelines indicating how much a person needs on a daily basis.
How was the discovery made? Elderly lab mice were given NR to see what effect it would have on their muscular regeneration. It was found that mice given the supplement had a much higher ability to regenerate their muscles than those who didn’t receive NR and get this: they all lived longer.
Besides making animals invincible, one of the most alluring things about NR is that it seems to have no side effects, even when taken at high doses.
Evidence of anti-aging supplements actually working has been around for at least a few years, with Harvard researchers reporting similar results when giving elderly mice a week’s worth of injections of NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide), a molecule that is naturally present in animal cells.
But can we really beat the clock with a simple pill, and turn back time? Were those old beer commercials right, Budweiser really IS the fountain of youth?
It seems like something remains to be seen. Some human trials with NR could be a good place to start.
For now, I’m taking it all with a good grain of salt- and another glass of cold, childlike chocolate milk, if you please. And maybe a cold tall one on the back porch a little bit later, for good measure. Just sayin’.