weekly blog--one for the ages
On Tuesday, American President Trump congratulated Russian President Putin on his reelection that put him at odds with his own advisers and administration actions. But let’s give credit where credit is due. It seems that Putin is fulfilling his goal of becoming president for life. And from what one of our operatives reports from deep inside the Kremlin, it could be for a very long time. The proof is in what Putin, age 65, eats and how he exercises.
According to our operative, Putin eats breakfast shortly after noon. Cottage cheese is always on the menu, alongside an omelet, and sometimes porridge and quail eggs, which feature health benefits that improve vision, boost energy levels, stimulate growth and repair, improve metabolism, reduce blood pressure, soothe allergies, cleanse the body, and prevent chronic diseases. He then washes down everything with fruit juice, and after being served coffee, he spends two hours swimming.
For those of us pressed for time or can’t find quail eggs to eat, scientists might soon offer a longevity elixir thanks to a compound called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD+ for short.
NAD+ is a molecule found in all living cells and is critical for regulating cellular aging and maintaining proper function of the whole body. Levels of NAD+ in people and animals diminish significantly over time, and researchers have found that re-upping NAD+ in older mice causes them to look and act younger, as well as live longer than expected.
Now scientists are trying to achieve similar results in humans. A randomized control trial found that people who took a daily supplement containing NAD+ precursors had a substantial, sustained increase in their NAD+ levels over a two-month period. One of the scientists said he takes an NAD+ pill daily, and no longer experiences hangovers or jet lag like he used to, talks faster, and feels sharper and younger. His 78-year-old father takes it too, and now goes on six-day hikes and travels around the world.
The scientist eventually hopes to create a pill that could be prescribed by a doctor or purchased over the counter. But if you can't wait, another company, Elysium, is already selling a supplement called Basis that contains compounds known to boost NAD+ levels.