Published On: Tue, May 3rd, 2016

Vitamins can hold up ageing



Want to halt aging? Researchers have found that vitamin nicotinamide riboside, which makes vitamin B3, has the capability to invigorate specific organs that lose the regenerative ability with age.

By managing nicotinamide riboside (NR) to aged mice, the researchers reinstated their organs’ capability to redevelop and extended their lives.

The results, cited in the journal Science, have inferences for dealing a verity of degenerative diseases.

Johan Auwerx, the researcher of the study from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), stated that “This work could have very important implications in the field of regenerative medicine,”

Auwerx further elaborated that “We are not talking about introducing foreign substances into the body but rather restoring the body’s ability to repair itself with a product that can be taken with food,”

The researchers consider that this effort on the ageing procedure also has the capability for dealing diseases that can affect — and be fatal — in juvenile people, such as muscular dystrophy.

In normal situations, certain stem cells, responding to signals sent by the body, renew injured organs by generating novel specific cells, as a minimum in juvenile bodies.

Hongbo Zhang from EPFL further added that “We demonstrated that fatigue in stem cells was one of the main causes of poor regeneration or even degeneration in certain tissues or organs,”

That is why the researchers desired to “revitalize” stem cells in the muscles of elderly mice.

Hongbo Zhang continued by saying that “We gave nicotinamide riboside to two-year-old mice, which is an advanced age for them,”

Hongbo Zhang further indicated that “And our results are extremely promising: muscular regeneration is much better in mice that received NR, and they lived longer than the mice that didn’t get it,”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.