Scientists revealed in a groundbreaking study that they have successfully slowed aging process in mice, and they’re hoping the development will lead to an anti-ageing pill that would work on humans.


In a five-year study, published in journal Cell, researchers report that they have found a molecule that essentially reactivates faltering blood flow in elderly mice, Time Magazine reports. Compromised blood flow is a major component of ageing, as it deprives tissues and organs, including the brain, of the nutrients and oxygen they need to function.


The compound, called nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN), a form of vitamin B3 that is naturally produced by the body, was fed to the 20-month-old mice, an age comparable to 70 years in people. After being treated with NMN for two months, it increased muscular blood flow, enhanced physical performance and endurance, and the older mice eventually became as fit and strong as the younger ones.

一种叫做烟酰胺单核苷酸(NMN) 的化合物被喂给20个月大的老鼠,这个年龄相当于人类70岁。NMN是身体自然生成的维生素B3的一种形式。在接受NMN治疗两个月后,老鼠肌肉的血流量增加了,体力和耐力也增强了,年老的老鼠最终变得和年轻的老鼠一样健康强壮。