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Live long and prosper? Experimental compound could slow down the aging process

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Phillip Willis
Jun 17, 2019 18:37
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There’s plenty of interest in life extension technologies in Silicon Valley right now.

While researchers have yet to find a true fountain of eternal youth, however, scientists at EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics appear to have gotten one step closer with the discovery of a metabolite of biomolecules which could help slow the aging process.

Although it won’t stop aging altogether, the hope is that UA could slow the aging process by improving the functioning of mitochondria, small organelles which float freely through cells to keep them full of energy.

As humans age, our bodies naturally lose the ability to clean up dysfunctional mitochondria, thereby resulting in weakening tissues and a loss of skeletal muscle mass.

For their study, the researchers tried out the compound on around 60 elderly people, all of whom were in good health but living sedentary lifestyles.

Participants were split into four groups, with one group given a placebo, and the others given doses of UA in either 250 mg, 500 mg or 1,000 mg quantities.

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