Washington: An ‘elixir of life’ cocktail that could increase life expectancy has been created by scientists.A new study has found that when mice are given drinking water laced with a special concoction of amino acids, they live longer than average mouse.
Animals that were given the extra amino acids over a period of months lived longer, with a median life span of 869 days compared to 774 days for untreated control animals, the researchers report. That’s an increase of 12 percent. Those survival gains were accompanied by an increase in mitochondria in cardiac and skeletal muscles. Mitochondria are the cellular components responsible for powering cells. The supplement-fed mice also showed increased activity of SIRT1, a well-known longevity gene, and of the defense system that combats free radicals. They therefore showed fewer signs of oxidative damage. The report has been published in the October issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication. ANI
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