If you are like most individuals, you probably at least occasionally think about your health and the aging process. You may also wonder if there is any realistic avenue through which this process can be slowed down. Fortunately, there may be a way to decrease the speed at which you age, in the form of a newly discovered substance called coenzyme NAD+. This substance may play a vital role in delaying the ageing process.
New research was recently conducted by The National Institutes of Health at the Center for Healthy Aging. These studies were completed on coenzyme NAD+ and were eventually published in a prominent medical publication called the Cell Metabolism Journal. After being injected with the coenzyme, the roundworms and mice used during this study lived healthier lives, where the onset of aging appear to be delayed. Researchers are now hopeful that this new finding will at long last lead to an effective, long-term treatment or even a complete cure for both Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. They are optimistic that it may also slow age-related cognitive decline.
If you are concerned about longevity, as well as enjoying a high quality of life as you age, you will be pleased to know that this coenzyme may be the eventual solution to both issues. It is no secret that people are now living longer lives than in decades past, but their quality of life is not always very good. Researchers are trying to determine if their discoveries about the effects of this coenzyme can help prolong life, but also positively impact the quality of life.
Studying the Mechanism of Ageing
Scientists from around the world have come together to attempt to discover the mechanism behind aging in order to come up with a solution to slow this mechanism down. One thing that was discovered is that the main process involved in slowing down aging is the body’s ability to keep our genes, as well as our DNA, intact. Instead, humans are programmed with a gene that is loosely referred to by scientists as the “kill me gene,” which essentially means it is the gene responsible for the breakdown and death of the cells that keep us alive.
Changes in the mitochondria, also referred to as the “power cells,” undergo deterioration that leads to aging and ultimately death. However, through the use of coenzyme NAD+, it may be possible to repair DNA and improve the age-related decline of mitochondria.
If these two problems are solved, people can expect to live longer lives, with less instances of illness. Scientists were somewhat surprised to see that the use of the substance worked in this exact way when tested on mice and roundworms. For the purpose of research, scientists bred roundworms and mice with the illness “Ataxia telangiectasia,” a neurological disease that impairs cognitive function. Both studies showed much promise when the subjects were injected with coenzyme NAD+ and scientist expect to see similar results when clinical trials are conducted on humans.
Unfortunately, at the present time there is no foolproof way to slow ageing or cure certain age-related diseases. However, if you are interested in studies related to longevity and health, you will find this new and promising information on coenzyme NAD+ very interesting indeed.